ver the past 2 decades the incredible people of Iraq/IKR and the Middle East have suffered unspeak­ably through cycles of armed-conflict, economic recessions, political turmoil, and so­cial unrests from those demanding change and opportunities for a decent life. Through armed conflicts and occupations of Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and global health crisis as COVID-19, we have seen some of the worst humanitarian crises in modern times, mass displacements, demographic and geographic change, and the break­down of the social fabrics that have long been the uniting force for many communities.

Although the major military operations against ISIS have finished  5 years ago, we still have tremendous work to do in addressing the root caus­es that drives persistent social dividers, evolves extremist ideologies, while repair­ing broken communities, and healing those that have experienced so much suffering including women and girl survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence’s (SGBV).

Ideology of extremist groups and those that seek to divide communities and that prey on the most vulnerable must also be addressed, we must tackle subjugating patriarchal structures, economically empower every family, re-educate our youth, empower our communities, combat violence against women, advance women’s par­ticipation and leadership at all levels, and provide protection for those most in need in our society.

We must remain united to raise the voice of all women, men, youth, and children from all ethnic, religious, and marginalized communities to continue progressing social co­hesion and peaceful coexistence and security from violence for a united future for all.

–Ms. Jihan Mustafa Ibrahim 

Founder and President


  • Accountability To Affected Populations

  • UN, Sphere, ICRC, IASC, Do No Harm Humanitarian Standards

  • Local Ownership and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Needs and Evidence Based Approaches

  • Cross Cutting and Gender Dynamics

  • International Policies and Procedure Standards

Founded in 2003, as a grassroots Women’s Union in Mosul, Iraq, since, WRO has grown into one of the largest, well experienced and strong women’s rights civil society organizations, which as a non-profit, non-government, independent organization  has been working through its mandate to promote women’s equal participation and leadership in ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, eradicating poverty and violence against women, catalyzing gender equality, protecting child rights, improving access to health and education, bolstering economic empowerment, addressing climate change, driving peaceful coexistence, reconciliation and equal and fair pathways to justice, tolerance, diversity, and inclusion, engaging youth, and strengthening sustainability of civil society, and shaping norms for localization development.

In partnership with local, regional, and global civil society, international organizations, and governmental bodies, WRO has been able to successfully contribute towards meeting individual and community needs through multi-sectorial holistic programming that fosters gender and protection mainstreaming. For 2 decades WRO has successfully delivered over 110 humanitarian and development initiatives focused on local, regional, and global advocacy, stabilization and reconciliation, peace building, general protection, child protection, SGBV prevention and response, psychological MHPSS and physical health and well-being, non-formal education, individual and community capacity building, wash, legal, advocacy, livelihoods, political and economic participation, voter and democratic awareness, reconstruction, and  civil society and governmental capacity building and engagement initiatives. Furthermore, WRO is devoted to international commitments including contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, and UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security.

As a national and regional expert in holistic individual, family and community economic, education, protection, social, and equal participation empowerment, WROs efforts have shed light locally and internationally through advocacy on many important issues such as mainstreaming gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response across all sectors, sexual violence in conflict (SVC), and other issued related to marginalized groups rights in Iraq and the Middle East through initiatives that directly impact tens of thousands of families each year including though provision of lifesaving support and developmental dignified solutions and services that drive individual and collective healing, integration, inclusion, self-resiliency, self-efficacy, self-determination, and peaceful coexistence with dignity and care.

WRO has over a 20 year history of collaborative work at the national, regional and international level partnering with UN agencies, international organizations and governmental bodies such as UNICEF, UNDEF, UNIDO, UNOPS, UNFPA, UNHCR, UN Women,  US BPRM, USAID, Global Affairs Canada, US Embassy Regional Reconstruction and Provincial Teams, Chemonics, DCEO, Cordaid, German Government, Malteser International, ASODH,  Government of Japan, IRC, the Global Fund, WVI, Islamic relief, COS, Global Medic, DRC, NDI, LWF, IRI, DCA, DRC,  and the Iraqi Civil Society Program Organization.

Through its engagements and partnerships WRO has gained extensive international knowledge and experience Operationally in: Donor Relations, Finance Management, Compliance and Quality Management, Procurement and Logistics Management, Administration Management, H/R Management, Security Management and Programmatically in Donor Relations, MEAL Management, Advocacy, Multi-Sectorial Programming, AAP, Humanitarian Policies, Standards, and Protocols, PCM, Program and Portfolio Management, Change Management, Proposal and Reporting, Coordination, etc.

WRO continued active participation and engagement in the relevant local clusters, working groups, and tasks forces including; Governorate-level, District-Level, and National Protection, GBV and CP, Livelihoods, MHPSS, Clusters and Working Groups in Erbil, Dohuk and Ninewa in addition to the national Legal Working Group (LWG), Child Safeguarding Working Group (CSGWG), and PSEA Networks, Adolescent Girls Taskforce (AGTF), GBV Information Management Taskforce (GBVIMS), Case Management Task Force (CMTF), Returns Working Group (RWG), Peace-Building and Reconciliation Working Group (PBRWG), and with the NGO Coordination Committee of Iraq (NCCI). WRO also continued to actively engage with the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (ACPHA) and the Association of International Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP). Furthermore, WRO has previously had the honor to serve as the Chair on the Executive Board of the NGO Coordination Committee of Iraq (NCCI), Co-Chair of the Iraq Adolescent Girls Taskforce, and observer member of the Humanitarian Pool Fund (IHPF) and the Iraq Humanitarian Country Team (HCT). 



  • Integrity 

  • Progress 

  • Innovation

  • Empathy

  • Dependability 

  • Commitment 

  • Accountability

  • Passion

  • Courage

  • Trust

  • Excellence

  • Inclusivity

WRO’s Commitment To Humanitarian Action Standards and Principles


Human suffering must be addressed wherever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.


Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress and making no adverse distinction on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinion.


Humanitarian action must be autonomous from the political, economic, military or other objectives that any actor may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.


Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

Committed and dedicated to by WRO throughout the organization and our operations. 

Quality Criterion: Humanitarian response is appropriate and relevant.

WRO’s Policies and Procedures

  • Code of Conduct

  • PSEA Policy

  • Finance Policy

  • Procurement Policy

  • Assets and Inventory Policy

  • H/R and Administration Policy

  • Travel and Fleet Policy

  • Security Policy

  • Fraud Prevention Policy

  • Whistle-Blowing Policy

  • Data Protection Policy

  • IT/Systems Backup Policy

  • Anti-Terrorism Policy

  • Information Sharing Policy

  • Constitution and By-Laws

  • GBV SoP’s

  • CP SoP’s

  • Child Safeguarding Policy

  • Program and PCM Policy

  • AAP Policy

  • Gender Mainstreaming Policy

  • ICRC Policy

  • GBVIMS Policy

  • MEAL Policy

  • Media Protection Policy

  • Advocacy Policy

  • Communications Policy

  • Client Confidentiality Policy


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