"Women for Future—Iraq" received its first 40-foot container of humanitarian aid through the FUTURE Care Program and distributed these items to needy women and their families located in different districts within Baghdad and to other members in several cities outside Baghdad. Three additional 40-foot containers of humanitarian aid are now en-route to Baghdad and will soon be distributed through the "Women for Future—Iraq" network.
FUTURE held a special gala fundraiser in
Washington D.C. to support, "Women for Future - Iraq". Many dignitaries,
VIPs, and special guests attended, along with the Honorable Senator
Robert Bennett and special guest star Connie Stevens. A VIP delegation
of Iraqi physicians representing five different Iraqi provinces also
attended the gala. That evening, a preview was shown of the upcoming
documentary film "Women of a Different Grace" produced by
award winning actress and humanitarian Connie Stevens, highlighting
the women of FUTURE. Also presented was a video of FUTURE
and "Women for FUTURE—Iraq" training workshop that took place
in Sulaimaniya from 1-4 June 2009. For more details view the invitation.
FUTURE staff members from the United States and Women For Future members from Baghdad conducted a 3-day leadership training seminar for 50 Kurdish women in Sulaimaniya, Iraq. This is a wonderful example of how our donated funds are being used to aid women throughout the entire country of Iraq. Two Kurdish women trained during this seminar will also accompany the Iraqi delegation to the United States for the FUTURE Leadership Conference in the fall, 2009. We greatly appreciate the cooperation and support of the Kurdish Regional Government, the Benjamin Foundation, and Leonie Industries who made the training seminar in Sulaimaniyah possible.
In January 2007, FUTURE hosted
an Iraqi delegation of Women for Future-- Iraqâ members for the
Sharing the World of Sisterhood II - Leadership Seminar in Washington,
D.C. The delegation of Iraqi women was headed by the former Minister
of State for Women's Affairs, Dr. Azhar Al-Shakly. The delegates were
introduced to Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, participated in
a refresher training course, and completed their handbook for â€œWomen
for Future â€“ Iraqâ€. The Iraqi ambassador to the US co-hosted a reception
in honor of the delegates in the historic Caucus room in the Senate
Russell Office Building.
FUTURE sponsored the Sharing the World of Sisterhood Conference - I in May 2006 in the United States for a distinguished group of Iraqi women headed by the Iraqi Minister of State for Women's Affairs, Dr. Azhar Al-Shakly. The delegation included lawyers, university professors, and heads of NGOs. Proceedings included presentations on the organizational model and sample lessons on home and family education, basic first aid, emergency preparedness and mental health awareness. All material presented was non-political and emphasized shared values.
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