Stress Workshop at University Underscores Need for Support for Youth

Stress Workshop at University Underscores Need for Support for Youth January 13, 2020 SEED Foundation visited students at the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH) to discuss the importance of stress management, especially during exam periods. The two hour workshop was given by SEED’s Mental Health Technical Advisor, Anne Lepelaars, a trained psychologist from the Netherlands, [...]

Stress Workshop at University Underscores Need for Support for Youth2020-04-21T15:23:35+00:00

The Importance of Staff Well-Being Programs in Iraq

Working in the Middle East, and in Iraq in particular, creates high risks of workplace hazards and stress. While these challenges are present while working in Kurdistan, having a staff well-being program can help to improve work quality, employee outlook, and overall satisfaction. It is especially important when staff are working with vulnerable populations, victims [...]

The Importance of Staff Well-Being Programs in Iraq2020-04-03T13:07:57+00:00

SEED is Using a New Traumatic Stress Relief Technique for Greater Impact

SEED Foundation has been providing comprehensive mental health and psychosocial support services since 2015 to those affected by violence and conflict. Many of our cases require more specialized mental health support, as they struggle with trauma symptoms and traumatic stress. Traumatic stress is a mental state in which a person feels extremely anxious and [...]

SEED is Using a New Traumatic Stress Relief Technique for Greater Impact2020-03-26T11:25:28+00:00

What Happened Last Week in Kurdistan

Source: What Happened Last Week in Kurdistan/ Author: Jil Shwani / Date: March 2020 SEED Foundation Communications Program Manager Lara Fatah explains in this podcast with Jil Shwani (@whlw_kurdistan) how SEED implements its mission to protect, empower, and support the recovery of survivors of violence and others at risk in Kurdistan. She details how [...]

What Happened Last Week in Kurdistan2020-03-24T08:46:29+00:00

HERStory Exhibit: Shame Dies When Stories are Told

SEED Foundation proudly co-sponsored the launch of an exhibiton to bring focus to femicide and gender-based violence against women in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on February 10. The event “HERStory: RESPECT and Remember '' was an interactive and immersive experience remembering victims of GBV in 2019 and recognizing those providing support to survivors [...]

HERStory Exhibit: Shame Dies When Stories are Told2020-03-09T13:58:38+00:00

Furthering legal protections for women and families in Kurdistan

Kurdistan is one of the few places in the MENA region to have a law which criminalizes domestic violence. In 2011, the Kurdistan Parliament passed the ‘Combating Domestic Violence Law’. For the first time the law criminalized a broad range of violence in the home, physical, psychological, sexual, and social violence against women within the [...]

Furthering legal protections for women and families in Kurdistan2020-03-08T17:03:57+00:00

Sexual Harassment: It’s No Joke

Sexual harassment of women and girls in Kurdistan is widespread - on the street, online, in taxis, in schools, and in the workplace. It makes us fearful and keeps us from fully participating in school, work, community, and public life. This harms all of us. Through our #STOPabuse campaign, SEED is working to raise [...]

Sexual Harassment: It’s No Joke2020-02-23T06:53:24+00:00

Think Before You Act

In Iraq, many young women are subjected to harassment, exploitation, and abuse due to manipulation of their photos. It may seem innocent, but it's not a joke and can have dire consequences for the victim. And sharing this edited photo on social media is not only wrong, but in Kurdistan it's also illegal. SEED [...]

Think Before You Act2020-02-13T09:16:20+00:00

Children Born of War. Iraq is not alone….

Children Born of War Iraq is not alone…. Conflict has a devastating effect on civilians, including increasing the vulnerability of women and girls to sexual violence. Iraq, like countries the world over, struggles with the consequences of protracted armed conflict, and fails to adequately respond to the needs of survivors.  Rape and other forms [...]

Children Born of War. Iraq is not alone….2020-02-13T09:49:11+00:00

“I trusted him”

SEED is working to raise awareness of sexual exploitation, harassment, and abuse to better protect girls and women by reducing their vulnerabilities, increasing their knowledge of how to protect themselves, or access to protective services when they are not, and to strengthen family support and build healthier relationships. Sexual exploitation, harassment, and [...]

“I trusted him”2019-12-03T15:08:59+00:00