Published by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the new report “We Are Still Here: Mosulite Women 500 Days After the Conclusion of the Coalition Military Operation” details the severe repercussions faced by the women, men and children of Mosul as a result of the Coalition’s military operation against Daesh begun in July 2017. 1.8 million displaced Iraqis have been unable to return to their homes, with women and girls disproportionately impacted as their needs and demands have gone unmet by both Iraqi authorities and intervening powers.
The report showcases how hard security measures adopted in Mosul, such as the Coalition’s military operation, disregard the human rights of the local civilian population, undermine local peacebuilding approaches, and inflict disproportionate impacts on Iraqi women and girls. Aimed at States and other international actors, the report urges them to understand the devastating impact military operations have on women and learn lessons for future responses to conflicts in Iraq and the region. “We Are Still Here” intentionally responds to the military operation “We Are Coming” that announced the storming of Mosul – bringing attention back to the people whose futures were and are still being affected by the operations. The report was developed, researched and co-authored by Rasha Jarhum, Director of Peace Track Initiative and HRREC Community Member, and Alice Bonfatti.