State Department Funds Iraqi Women’s Vocational Training

The U.S. State Department is channeling USD5 million through non-governmental organizations to improve literacy as well as the entrepreneurial and vocational skills of widows, female heads of household and other vulnerable women in Iraq.

Aside from providing training, NGOs that received grants will help these women gain access to employment opportunities by directly involving businesses, government, parliamentary bodies and academic institutions in the project, according to a State Department press release. The grants will also ensure that beneficiary women fully understand their economic, legal, political and social rights.

The press release does not specify which NGOs have been awarded funding.

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