My work involves working on capacity strenghtening for law enforcement officers and criminal justice practicioners. This work is designed to enhance a sense of agency and accountability within our target groups so that they will continue these efforts in their areas of responsibility. I also work on legislative development to ensure laws uphold human rights, gender equality and protection of child rights. This aims to enhance living conditions for people in Iraq through the advancement of the law and enhancement of the rule of law centred around human rights. Just as environmental safety and sustainability are essential for the enjoyment of our human rights, improved access to rights is vital for communities to protect the environment. When we live in safe and stable societies, we are more focused on our surroundings. We have a healthier relationship with our environment.
My interest in environmental sustainability started when I was doing my bachelor's degree, focused on renewable energy. I had questions from everyone asking how I would implement these ideas in a war-torn country? I think my answer is now by enhancing the rule of law, centering our work on human rights, and ensuring inclusion and embracing diversity in our communities.
UNODC Gender Team: What role do women and girls play in combatting this issue and where do you see opportunities for a more sustainable tomorrow with women and girls at the forefront?
Women play an important role in opening doors and creating new pathways for others within the criminal justice system and cross-cutting areas. Women in leadership and decision-making positions have the power to impact new laws and policies that will enhance access to rights and equality. Our work also involves advocating for these changes. The role that girls play is really in seeing the representation, feeling that there are spaces open to them. We are moving towards a world where the struggle for inclusion should be something of the past, and having a seat at the table should simply be the norm.
What we see in Iraq now is a shining example of women and girls driving a multi-sectoral approach to change; the change they create is inclusive, sustainable, human rights-focused and focused on social justice. We have many more voices advocating for inclusion than ever before, and at the same time, more voices are saying this is not enough and that we should do more. We are raising the bar for everyone to aim higher. This is our role in creating a more sustainable tomorrow for everyone.
(c) UN Women
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day celebrates women's achievements and raises awareness about women's equality. UN Women announced this year`s theme as, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” The theme recognizes the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all. It is aligned with the priority theme for the upcoming 66th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66): “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.”