Country Iraq
Year 2009
Type of Measure Institutional mechanisms
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

The Diwani Committee No. 80 for the Elimination of Domestic Violence is an inter-sectoral committee comprising the ministries that deal with domestic violence.  It was set up under the auspices of the Prime Minister, pursuant to Diwani Order No. 80 of 2009, and it is chaired by the Ministry of State for Women's Affairs.  It has issued a number of key recommendations on protecting women from domestic violence and guaranteeing women's human rights.  One of its main recommendations was to establish the Family Protection Department.  The Committee has overseen all the procedures for establishing the Department, which is to form the nucleus of a structure specially designed to protect women from violence.  The Committee is also responsible for formulating plans and strategies, in coordination with the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).  The Ministry of Human Rights submitted a proposal on involving these ministries in the drafting of a bill on the elimination of domestic violence.  It also presented a comprehensive project to establish a shelter for battered women, with the support of the State and the United Nations organizations which operate in this domain.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Iraq to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010