Project Description

Donor/Partner: USA

Duration: 2021-2022

Location: Erbil, Dohuk, and Ninewa Governorates, Iraq/IKR

Summary: The overall project goal is to reduce the risk of gender based violence (GBV) and child protection (CP) violations through comprehensive mental health and psychosocial (MHPSS), economic empowerment, legal assistance and community-based activities that bolster self-resilience and strengthening peaceful coexistence among IDPs, returnees, and host communities.

Project Objectives:

Objective 1: Further reduce the risk of GBV and strengthen MHPSS and self-empowerment service provision through improved access to culturally appropriate quality prevention and response services for survivors of (S)GBV and those most at risk though a survivor-centered approach at WRO’s five community centers.

Objective 2: Further strengthen access to child protection services for the immediate and future benefit of girls and boys through services for children and parents/caregivers at Child-Friendly Spaces.

Objective 3: Continue to improve peaceful coexistence and promote harmonious living among IDPs, returnees, and host community families with activities that strengthen sustainable coping and integration mechanisms that are transferrable to communities and local authorities.

Objective #4 Strengthening existing governmental GBV and women’s support services through sustainable and transferable training, coaching, and mentorship.


Received GBV, MHPSS, or PFA support services


Participated in awareness sessions and received information on GBV prevention and response


Received Child Protection Services including non-formal education, attending friendly-spaces, and receiving MHPPS and PFA support care


Caregivers and children participating in sessions and received awareness on CP related issues


Women participating in economic empowerment training programs


Participated in community based peaceful coexistence activities including Tea Groups, Trainings, and Peaceful Coexistence Committee’s

9 Community Safety Audits conducted

3 Peaceful Coexistence Committees established

21 Peaceful Coexistence activities held