Kurdistan PM chairs meeting on combatting violence against women

"Over the next several weeks, I intend to host activists, advocacy groups, and grass-root leaders to explore practical ways to join forces."
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Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani chairs a meeting on ways to combat violence against women, May 5, 2021. (Photo: KRG)
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani chairs a meeting on ways to combat violence against women, May 5, 2021. (Photo: KRG)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday chaired a meeting on efforts to combat violence against women.

"I listened today to govt stakeholders on ways to help more, from social awareness and shelters that care for the vulnerable to legislations that promote equality and respond to the needs and rights of women and girls," Barzani said in a statement after the meeting.

"I’m concerned by the increase in violence and harassment against girls and women in Kurdistan," he affirmed. "This does not represent us as a people and holds us back as a society, and I’m determined to help put an end to it."

The prime minister stated he intends to host activists, advocacy groups, and grassroots leaders "to explore ways to join forces."

"We have a common goal — a safer Kurdistan for everyone," he concluded.

The United Nations and the KRG launched the new hotline in September 2018 for victims of gender-based violence in the Kurdistan Region, providing them an avenue to call for support services and to alert law enforcement of their situation.

Read More: New '119' helpline for gender-based violence victims in Kurdistan

Editing by Khrush Najari