Amalna organises a Women’s Self Defence Course

In response to increasing reports of sexual violence in the streets, parks, and other public places in Iraq, AMALNA and Strategic Edge have teamed up to provide a series of self-defence courses to equip women in the humanitarian sector with the capability for self-protection, develop strength and confidence in a dangerous environment, and deal with the threat of sexual harassment and violence. This course is a fund-raiser for the Mosul Support Center for Women and Children. All course fees are donated to AMALNA’s life-saving work in response to gender-based violence, women’s health, and psychosocial wellbeing of women and children.

The first course will take place on October 11, from 09.00 – 16.00, in Ainkawa Royal Hotel, Ainkawa district, city of Erbil, KRI.

Interested participants are requested to apply through this link: 
https://bit.ly/2mUb4UX

AMALNA celebrates the 10th World Humanitarian Day

Today is the 10th Anniversary of #WorldHumanitarianDay as declared by the United Nations, and this year honoring #WomenHumanitarians. Today we remember the hundreds and thousands of fearless women who overcome the limits imposed by security risks, hostile environments, social constraints, and unbelievable challenges in order to deliver aid, alleviate suffering, and make the world a better place. Let me start with our team in Mosul that serves war-affected women and children despite the suffering that they themselves had to endure… tireless, energy without equal, dedicated beyond measure. To this day we continue to operate the centre despite lack of funds and support. Above all, we celebrate the women of Mosul, who transitioned from victims to survivors to community organisers and humanitarians, helping to heal and rebuild their communities. May this day, and every day, be an occasion to commemorate the work of all women that helps to build a better world.

Help rebuild Mosul Old City

The people of Mosul face the overwhelming task of recovering from one of the worst humanitarian crises in history, wrought by a war of catastrophic proportions. The most vulnerable group that experiences tremendous suffering and receives little support are the children and young adults. War-injured, traumatized, having lost one or both parents, and deprived of the most basic coping mechanisms, they face the ordeal of recuperating from the unspeakable violence and human rights violations inflicted by ISIS. Today they struggle to survive in a city almost completely destroyed by war. The children and the women carry the burden of a terrible past.

We seek to establish structured responses and sustainable programs for children and their families/caregivers, in a place where little or no structured response is in place.

Our projects inside the Old City of Mosul aim to:

  • Help war-affected children overcome emotional, mental, and physical trauma through psychosocial support and medical assistance.
  • Respond to the needs of survivors of gender-based violence, particularly women, girls, and boys and enable them to recover, heal, and rebuild their lives and futures.
  • Rebuild the social fabric of returnee and stayee communities through social cohesion projects.
  • Guarantee access to knowledge through a community library in the city and outlying villages, with initial focus on Old Mosul.

Our Work in West Mosul

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Mosul Support Center for Women and Children. By providing women and their children with psychological first aid and trauma counselling, we guide them towards the path of healing, and we mitigate the risk of post-traumatic stress syndrome and other mental health problems in the future. By providing them with a safe space for reflection, sharing, and collective activities, we create a community of survivors that foster resilience and sustainable development.

We need your help. Will you join us in fulfilling these gaps that must be addressed:

1. Justice and Legal Support.  We need to help women and children access the legal system for the protection of their rights, especially if they have been affected by GBV.

2. Expansion of psychosocial support.  We need to reach women and children in other districts of West Mosul, especially the old city, who have no means or capability to access the hospital.

3. Special school for war-injured and disabled children. We are concerned that these children will be unable to join regular schools for years to come and will therefore be deprived of their right to education and equal opportunity for the future. Homeschooling in our center is a temporary but necessary solution.

4. Youth Development program.  We need to develop activities for teen-agers, especially young males, who are often most neglected in child protection programming.

5. Community building program.  We need to develop outreach activities in neighbourhoods in order to promote peace-building, education, livelihood opportunities, by mobilising families into community activities that tackle the following:

• Mine Risk awareness for children, especially in Old Mosul, where children are
constantly in danger of being killed or injured.

• Trauma Counselling for School teachers – We recognise that teachers seek to help their students whereas they themselves are struggling with the trauma of IS and the war. We also think that this will encourage more teachers to return from the east side, as the west side is now suffering from severe shortage of teaching staff.

• Assistance and long term solutions for orphans and unaccompanied children, including newborn infants abandoned in the maternity ward by traumatized mothers.