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Asuda is a non-profit support group for women that "works to protect battered women and prevent honor killings" and runs a training program in Iraq.

ASUDA Organization for Combating Violence Against Women was founded in 2000 and registered in May 2001 in Sulaymaniyah with the Ministry of Humanitarian Assistance and Cooperation in Iraqi Kurdistan. ASUDA is dedicated to combating violence against women through an institutional and systematic approach in order to enhance the status of women and strengthen civil society through participation of women.

ASUDA's Programme Manager, Ms. Khanim Rahim Latif, an independent women’s rights advocate and development professional serves as chief liaison with the Board of Directors and the organization’s three functional departments, Protection, Awareness and Research, which are led by Ms. Banaz Mawlood, and Mr. Awat Muhammed, all professionals in their respective fields. The ASUDA Board of Directors includes:

  • Ms. Narmin Othman, Iraqi Minister of Environment.
  • Ms. Roonak Rauf, president of the Women’s Information Center.
  • Mr. Ragner Hansen, formerly with Norwegian People’s Aid, currently in Norway.
  • Ms. Hanaa Edward, member of Iraqi Amal Association.
  • Ms. Rezan Yaseen, Women's Rights Activist. [1]



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