ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – On Sunday, the Kurdish Prime Minister said the rate of violence against women in the Kurdistan Region was changing, calling for the promotion of social awareness in the Region.
During the 16-days campaign to combat violence against women, the PM of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani said the government had put in an enormous effort to address violence against women.
He mentioned the Kurdistan Region had defended women’s rights through laws and amended some of the Iraqi legislation that justified honor killings.
Barzani called on the High Council of Women Affairs and international organizations to work on encouraging social awareness in the Kurdistan Region to combat violence against women.
He noted social awareness was essential in promoting peace and preventing violence.
“The protection of women’s rights is one of the primary duties of the KRG,” Barzani said.
In the past years, the number of suicide cases among the women in the Kurdistan Region largely decreased, according to the Kurdish PM.
“The culture of non-violence against women should be rooted deeply in the Kurdish society through education where students should be taught in schools,” he added.
Moreover, Barzani highlighted the role of Kurdish clerics in increasing social awareness and encouraging people to avoid violence against women.
The PM acknowledged Kurds would never forget the “barbaric violence” of the so-called Islamic State (IS) against the Kurdish Yezidi (Ezidi) women since August 2014.
In 2014, the PM created a special office to rescue Ezidi people from IS, mostly women and children. “So far, the office has rescued 2,890 people, including children, women, and men,” he said.
Barzani revealed 18 more Ezidi women were freed from IS last week in the town of Tal Afar, southwestern Mosul.
Following the emergence of IS in Mosul in June 2014, and then the occupation of the Ezidi city of Sinjar (Shingal), several Ezidi people faced psychological illnesses as the extremist group kidnaped many women.
“So far, the Duhok center for psychological treatment has treated 824 Ezidi and Christian women. The KRG needs the help of international organizations in this case,” Barzani concluded.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany