The report covers key political developments and regional and international events as well as operational and security matters concerning Iraq.
In the section on Development and Humanitarian Assistance, the Secretary-General, in para 48, notes that UN-Women continued to provide technical support for the integration of gender in the public sector modernization programme as part of its efforts to engender a gender-responsive and inclusive policy and decision-making environment in Iraq.
Included in these efforts, the Secretary-General notes, is support for drafting relevant legislation, including a national strategy to advance women’s rights and a domestic violence bill, and a programme to address violence against women in collaboration with UNFPA and UNHCR.
There is however a notable lack of WPS attention in reporting on other activities of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and the United Nations country team.
The report’s section on UNAMI’s electoral assistance activities makes no mention of the unique concerns faced by women in this regard.
In paras 37-40, where the Secretary-General notes humanitarian and logistical concerns and the difficulty many residents have faced in the upheaval of relocating from Camp New Iraq to Camp Hurriya, attention to the unique concerns faced by women would have been most relevant.
While the Secretary-General details, in this section, efforts of UNHCR to assist the 1.3 million displaced persons in Iraq, although it would have been most salient, his report does not include discussion of the particular concerns faced by women in this regard.
Analysis provided by the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, of which WILPF is a member.