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ADVOCACY

ADVOCACY

Through advocacy efforts we fight for justice for persecuted women in institutions across the world. Our efforts challenge traditional patriarchal structures and ensure that women have a seat at the table.

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HAWAR AT THE UNITED NATIONS

In December 2017, HAWAR.help took over the floor of the UN in New York to bring light to how ISIS is using sexual violence as a tactic of war and terror. With the ambassadors from Iraq and Germany in attendance, as well as the head of the UN Office on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the United Nations, Pramila Patten, the event thrusted the plight of Yazidi women into the spotlight.

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HAWAR AT THE GERMAN PARLIAMENT

Chancellor Angela Merkel alongside representatives from the UN and the German Bundestag joined HAWAR.help at the German Parliament in 2017 for a conference to break the silence on sexual violence during war. Survivors of the terrors of ISIS, the Bosnian war as well as the holocaust shared their stories, moving form the role of victim to survivor.

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DELEGATION TRIP TO IRAQ

In April 2018, HAWAR.help was a part of German Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller’s delegation on a trip to Iraq. The trip focused on the prospect for rebuilding of the country after the defeat of ISIS. As a part of the trip, the Minister visited Lalish, the holy home of the Yazidis and met with the community’s high- religious representative, Baba Sheik.

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HAWAR AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

HAWAR.help founder Düzen Tekkal screened her documentary, “HAWAR – My Journey to Genocide” and took part in a panel discussion at the European Parliament in 2017. The European Parliament later recognized the killing of religious minorities at the hands of ISIS as a genocide.