Since its founding in 2003, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) has provided shelter, protection, and legal services to women who are treated as second-class citizens, many who are fleeing lethal threats against their lives. OWFI’s Al-Mousawat radio station and newspaper offers practical information to an audience of millions on resources that are available to them as well as to introduce new perspectives that help to reduce derogatory or harmful cultural attitudes and practices. Furthermore, the organization continues to advocate nationally and internationally to rebuild Iraq on the basis of secular democracy and human rights for all.
Grants from the Cultures of Resistance Network in 2014 supported OWFI’s effort to establish greenhouses on a women’s farm, which houses displaced women and children. Organic greenhouse farming will enable approximately 100 displaced women farmers to remain self-sufficient, provide for their families and support one another through the crisis of war and displacement.
Grants from the Cultures of Resistance Network in 2012 and 2013 supported OWFI’s Al Mousawat radio programming and newspaper content.
MADRE served as a fiscal sponsor for these grants.