The European Union Advisory Mission in Iraq (EUAM Iraq) engaged yesterday with civil society as part of “EUAM IRAQ STRATEGY FOR ENGAGING WITH CIVIL SOCIETY”.
At the very heart of the security system governance agenda is the need to promote people-centred approaches to security. Too often, security sector reform tends to be confined to “institutional reform” and does not focus on how individuals and communities experience security and justice. In other words, the human dimension of SSR tends to get lost. Placing people at the centre of a security sector reform process enables donors to better assess the security situation in a given context, and to address the different security needs and perceptions of women and men, boys and girls.
The purpose of the Civil Society Strategy is to outline EUAM Iraq’s framework for the way forward, to engage with civil society, in line with Iraq’s National Security Strategy. The Roundtable event in Baghdad was attended by representatives of human rights organizations, minority organizations, gender-focused organizations, clergy, the Department of Justice, the High Commission for Human Rights, the Department of Iraqi Women’s Empowerment, the Iraqi Bar Association, the Ministry of Interior, and an Advisor to the Prime Minister. The members of the Roundtable shared experiences, discussed the role and impact of civil society in Iraq, including their own organizations, and came up with recommendations how to further develop effective relationships with international community.
The event will be continued with the development of a platform involving government representatives, international partners and Iraqi civil society.