Hanaa Edwar
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Hanaa Edwar is the General Secretary of the Iraqi Al-Amal Association (IAA), a non-governmental organization established in 1992 and dedicated to improving the socioeconomic conditions of the Iraqi people. She is a founder of the Iraqi Women's Network and serves on its Coordination Committee. She is also a member of the High Preparatory Committee for National Congress of Iraq and the Presidential Committee of "The Iraqi Council for Peace & Solidarity". She has worked to organize several workshops for capacity building for Iraqi civil society groups. Ms. Edwar has been working for many years on issues of violence against women. She was one of the founders of Arab Women's Court in Beirut in 1996, with the aim of combating violence against women. In 2002, she founded "Beit Khanzad", a shelter in Erbil for women victims of violence. Ms. Edwar currently serves on the board of "ASUDA", an NGO based in Sulaimaniya City Iraq that acts against violence against women. She was a member of the Secretariat of the Iraqi Woman's League (IWL), the oldest Iraqi women's organization, founded in 1952. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Woman's Affairs in Iraq. Photo courtesy of

Samira Salih al-Nuaimi (RIP)
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