The SEED Foundation and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) cement a partnership to strengthen the protection services available in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) [EN/AR] – Iraq

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Erbil, Iraq – July 4, 2022: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Kwestan Mohamad Abdulla, and SEED Foundation Chair, Sherri Kraham Talabany, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that reinforces their joint commitment to serve children, women, men, internally displaced persons, refugees and migrant workers living in Kurdistan.

“Through this partnership, SEED will work to meet the immediate demand for services to vulnerable people in MOLSA shelters across Kurdistan – ensuring urgent needs are met today – and will work with MOLSA to open the path to sustainable service delivery and long-term institutional change,” says SEED President Sherri Kraham Talabany.

KRG Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Kwestan Mohamad Abdulla, also expressed her appreciation for the importance of this MoU: “I am delighted that the SEED Foundation and MOLSA share a common mission to defend the rights of the child, women’s rights and human rights. We welcome SEED’s support in making life-saving support services more accessible, and in building knowledge and awareness about critical issues affecting Kurdistan society today.

Building on more than five years of existing collaboration, this MOU expands the scope of cooperation to include:

● Strengthened referral pathways for survivors and those at risk of gender-based violence, human trafficking and other forms of violence in the administrations of Erbil, Duhok, Sulaimani, Halabja and Garmiyan and Raparin. This MOU will help SEED provide increased services by SEED to clients of MOLSA-managed shelters, including comprehensive case management, mental health, psychosocial support, legal and protective services.

● Tailored capacity building and skills development through the establishment of training programs for MOLSA staff.

● In-depth analysis, technical assistance, policy development and advocacy for the review and implementation of laws, regulations and processes in the KRI related to MOLSA’s mandate.

SEED Foundation is a local NGO in the Kurdistan region of Iraq committed to the protection, empowerment and recovery support of survivors of violence and others at risk. Our approach to this mission is integrative and holistic. We provide comprehensive and quality services, including mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS), legal, protection and shelter services; training, capacity building and education of those working to protect and serve survivors; and policy and advocacy to strengthen laws, policies, practices and the protection of vulnerable people and promote social change.

For more information please contact:

● Marley Tinnock, Communications Officer: marley.tinnock@seedkurdistan.org, +964 750 809 8541

● SEED Foundation Media: media@seedkurdistan.org

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