AUIS Center for Gender and Development Studies Announces Achievements of EU-Funded Gender Equity Project
The Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) released on February 14, 2022 the outcomes of its three-year project titled “Enhancing Education, Developing Community Capacity, and Promoting Visibility to Effect Gender Equity in Iraq and the MENA Region.” The project was funded by a €900,000 European Union grant awarded to the Center in 2018. The grant funded a wide range of outputs and activities to support the development of gender-related educational courses in Arabic and Kurdish; provision of online training for faculty who are interested in teaching these courses; development of public policy recommendations for the Ministries of Education of the Government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government; generation of reports on the role of the media and school textbooks in reproducing and reinforcing gender inequality; production of six short films to expose and explore patriarchal mechanisms; rewriting and recording of six popular Kurdish and Arabic songs, eliminating misogynistic references; production of monthly podcasts on gender issues to raise awareness of gender advocacy; facilitation of needs-based and tailored gender-related training to different sectors in the community; and the creation of a gender studies network to connect scholars and researchers from across the MENA region. “Over the course of this project, more than 50 people, including staff members, volunteers, and interns worked tirelessly to promote awareness of how gender issues are woven into the fabric of society, and left unchecked, can perpetrate and reinforce inequality and injustice,” said Dr. Choman Hardi, CGDS Director and AUIS Associate Professor. “While the project tackled topics from an academic perspective, it also included avenues for creativity and artistic expression, and, we hope, will have a lasting impact on communities across the Middle East.” The 35-month-long project was generously funded by the European Union.