Defend International has joined over 5,000 NGOs from over 150 countries around the globe to mark the 16 Days of Activisim Against Gender Based Violence, which starts on November 25 and ends on December 10.
Under the slogan “We’ll Run Together For Peace,” nearly seven thousand runners from about 55 countries participated in Erbil International Marathon for Peace on 25 October 2013. Aiming to promote peace and tolerance, DI members participated in this event, and DI coordinator in Kurdistan region did a tremendous job in taking part in arranging and documenting the event.
Dr. Widad addressed the UN Fourth Biennial Meeting of States to consider the implementation of the Programme of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects, which was held in New York in June 2010. DI speech roused a lot of attention among member states and civil society organisations. DI represents the voices and experiences of civil society in the MENA region.
Defend International participated in the General Assembly Interactive Hearings with NGOs which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 14-15 June 2010. DI co-founder Dr. Widad attended the meetings as an accredited observer.
On 12 November 2009, Iraq signed the Cluster Munitions Convention and became the 103rd country to sign the Convention. Defend International, along with other stakeholders, had urged Iraq several times to sign without delay the Convention on Cluster Munitions. “Iraq sent a strong message to the world that cluster bombs are illegitimate weapons of warfare and should not be used anymore,” said DI member from Iraq Mr. Fadhel Abbas.