Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq

Founded in 2003, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) is a women’s rights organisation that provides shelter, protection and legal services to women and girls escaping gender-based violence in Iraq. OWFI opened Iraq’s first women’s shelter in Baghdad in 2004, and now operates 11 shelters and safe houses for women who escaped sexual and gender-based violence in areas formerly controlled by and recently liberated from ISIS, as well as government-controlled regions. Its underground network of local activists has provided safe passage for women and girls who fled ISIS, and continues to do so for those returning to newly liberated areas. It also trains local staff, including Yazidi girls, to provide survivors with culturally competent trauma counselling. SRT’s grant is routed via MADRE, a US-based organisation which works to strengthen grassroots women's organisations in war, disaster and their aftermath.

Grant History

SRT supported OWFI from 2005 to 2007, and resumed support in 2017.
Total funds received to date: £200,000
Current grant: £300,000 over 3 years
Grant start: 1st December 2018

Website: http://www.owfi.info

Located in: Iraq
Working in: Iraq

Programmes: Women's Rights