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Edition One

WEO introduction:
Women empowerment organization is a non-governmental, voluntary and independent organization, established in June 2004 and since that time WEO is accomplishing projects in different working sectors in Iraq.More

 

Edition Two
  • Woman Empowerment Organization in February finalized many projects and has taken steps for starting other projects to be accomplished in the next few months. The Organization examines the impacts of these projects, and studies the goals for others. These projects are.More
Edition Three

Woman Empowerment Organization has been finalized many projects and trainings; it has taken steps for starting other projects to be accomplished in the next few months. The Organization examines the impacts and results of these projects, and studies the goals for others in Human rights sector to business trainings.More

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Women Empowerment Organization in cooperation with Access to Justice is the implementing partner of a legal aid and legal awareness project funded by the USAID
Grant Objectives
The project will provide immediate assistance to Iraqi widows and female heads of households in Iraq by achieving two objectives:  (1) Increase awareness of existing legal services and facilitate access to those services as part of home visitations, community-based dialogues, radio and public service announcements, brochures, telephone hotline service, and other strategic communications methods; (2) Create a mobile legal clinic to address legal needs even in the most remote areas anchored by an office based legal clinic and receiving clients through the various strategic communications mentioned above; this will include case assistance and follow-up in the courts.

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Access to justice will be improved for the women served through the hotline, mobile and stationary legal clinics both through WEO and through other legal clinics in the region.  Widows who did not have access to their benefits will receive them.  Women who did not have all their personal documentation will establish that. Awareness of the avenues for women to access justice will be more widely known and used.
The impact will be measured in terms of the delivery of awareness sessions to 1,760 persons either in group meetings throughout the community or through home visitations, 15 hour-long radio programs delivered which will reach 25,000 women, 120 women (and widows) who are referred for legal assistance by the hotline or mobile clinic, 50 women (and widows) assisted, and 40 women (and widows) who gain legal remedies (by type of remedy).  
Activities
80 outreach/awareness sessions conducted in 8 months reaching 1760 beneficiaries from the general public but primarily women. The outreach sessions will consist of a short presentation on general legal issues of human rights, women’s rights and other topics according to the target group at hand. The sessions however are more intended as dialogues then as training on human rights and most time and effort will be spend on answering the questions and inquiries of the beneficiaries. The sessions will be conducted mostly within rural areas outside of Erbil where the need for legal awareness and access to justice is believed to be the greatest. Areas prioritized will e.g. Soran, Shaqlawa, Khabat, Koya, Bartolla, Basheqa, Benaslawa, Baharka, Shawesh, Darato, Pedecin, Kuran, Badawa, Quatawe, areas around Mosul and other areas outside and inside Erbil with high concentrations of vulnerable populations.  
Legal hotline is implemented for 8 months and is accessible for all vulnerable beneficiaries. The hotline phone will be with and answered by the lawyer affiliated with the mobile legal clinic. Through the hotline beneficiaries can receive legal counseling, social counseling and referral to the office based legal clinic for legal representation.
15 radio shows aired from the WEO radio throughout the 8 months of implementation. The radio shows will cover different legal topics relevant for women and the listeners will be encouraged to call in and engage in a dialogue with the legal aid lawyers on their legal issues and questions.
Office based legal clinic is located within the WEO office and it has one lawyer affiliated. The clinic will offer legal counseling to the general public but primarily legal representation according to the representation criteria of the project.

  • Most priority will be given for cases concerning widows and female heads of households obtaining the documentation for their personal status as widows in order to be allowed their governmental benefits.

  • Poverty criteria: The people must be poor and unable to afford a private lawyer to handle their case.

  • Vulnerability criteria: The people should preferably belong to a vulnerable group such as women, children, juveniles, victims of GBV, refugees, IDPs, foreign labor, elderly people, disabled people and people wrongly accused of a crim.

  • Significance criteria: The cases that are being accepted for legal representation should be of a serious matter. The cases needs to be of great significance to the client and his or her life functioning.

  • Precedence criteria or importance criteria: Some cases should be selected for representation due to the issue being of significance to human rights. It should be cases that have a chance of changing the law by presenting or exercising a novel theory in the law.

Services provided
The project offers 3 primary kinds of services; free legal counseling, free legal representation and free social services:

  • Free legal counseling from an expert lawyer to all interested people.

  • You can come and privately discuss you legal issue with one of our lawyers who will offer his or her legal opinion regarding your legal issue and explain to you the best legal action you can take concerning you legal issues step by step. This consultation can either happen via the legal hotline, during a dialogue outreach session or in the office based legal clinic located in the WEO office in Ainkawa, Erbil. 

  • Free legal representation in some selected cases.

    • After your legal counseling you can request legal representation and we will based on your legal problem and your background determine if we are able to offer you free legal representation.

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  • Social counseling and referral to other appropriate service providers

  • If you have additional issues than the legal issue we offer private social counseling with our very well qualified social worker.

  • We will do our best to refer you to other appropriate service providers.

  • We have many cooperating partners and have created a network of service providers through which we will be able to help you with psychological, social and economic issues.  

  • Additionally our organization, Women Empowerment Organization, offers extended services to victims of gender based violence and other victimized women.