Signature-collecting campaign to implement the Law to Combat Domestic Violence

Signature-collecting campaign to implement the Law to Combat Domestic Violence

KirkukNow The German Wadi organization, in partnership with KirkukNow, has kicked off a signature-collecting campaign to support the implementation of the Kurdistan Region parliament’s Law No.8 which calls for combating domestic violence. KirkukNow is taking part in the campaign, and you are encouraged to take part by signing the petition. The campaign is held as the International Women’s Day on March 8th approaches. Organizers of the campaign call for the participation of different Kurdish and Iraqi Civil Society and Women’s Rights activists, NGOs, local authorities and the media to ensure that Law No.8 is fully implemented. “The petition asks that the government takes its own laws seriously. Law No.8 was a historic step in combating all forms of violence against women and children, but it must be properly implemented for real change to take place”, a statement by Wadi read. It also calls for the opening of shelters for domestic violence victims in every city in the Kurdistan region. Meanwhile, the statement stressed that “the law be promoted and explained, especially to police, members of the judiciary, doctors, and anyone else dealing with the public and family matters.” Emphasis has been also placed on the need for shelters to be run as “the safe spaces they were intended to be”, indicating that “so many are currently run like prisons, breaking the trust between women and the community that is supposed to be helping them.”
(There is) the need for shelters to be run as the safe spaces they were intended to be, indicating that so many are currently run like prisons...
Law No.8 was approved by the Kurdistan Region parliament in 2011 after concrete efforts by a range of women rights organizations aiming to reduce or end domestic violence. Wadi organization calls on everyone to sign the petition and “work together for a better future where violence against women and children is taken seriously and prosecuted within the existing framework of the law.”
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