New project on Preventing Violence Against Women (PVAW)

Together with the Ministry of the Interior of the Kurdistan Region and members of the civil society, the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) has initiated a project titled: Preventing Violence Against Women (PVAW) by Promoting Good Governance. For the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the issue is inseparable from democratization and nation-building. As part of MERI’s Democracy and Governance program (D&G), the project aims to provide recommendations for norms, policies and legislation to strengthen the current system of governance in place to eliminate violence against women as a widespread phenomenon. For more information please visit our project page PVAW.

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About MERI:  The Middle East Research Institute is Iraq’s leading policy-research institute and think tank. It is an independent, entirely grant-funded not-for-profit organisation, based in Erbil, Kurdistan Region.  Its mission is to contribute to the process of nation-building, state-building and democratisation via engagement, research, analysis and policy debates.

MERI’s main objectives include promoting and developing human rights, good governance, the rule of law and social and economic prosperity. MERI conduct high impact, high quality research (including purpose-based field work) and has published extensively in areas of: human rights, government reform, international politics, national security, ISIS, refugees, IDPs, minority rights (Christians, Yezidis, Turkmen, Shabaks, Sabi mandeans), Baghdad-Erbil relations, Hashd Al-Shabi, Peshmarga, violence against women, civil society. MERI engages policy- and decision-makers, the civil society and general public via publication, focused group discussions and conferences (MERI Forum).

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