Initiative set up to support women in Mosul discover their talents

The Masala Organisation for Human Resource development is an organisation that aims to empower women who have been affected by war. It provides training and psychological help to suffering women to allow them to progress with their lives in harmony. This organisation is one of many that have been set up to provide support for women in Mosul.

The Masala Organisation receives funding and support from the United Nations Population Fund to carry out its vital work. With this support, the organisation was able to open 6 centres in eastern Mosul to provide psychological help to traumatised women, in addition to vocational training in handcrafts, which can be utilised at home as well as professionally.

These centres welcome around 160-180 women on a monthly basis to join the vocational training courses and around 40-50 women to undertake psychological rehabilitation. The initiative is mainly aimed at younger people.

Three months after the organisation was launched, an exhibition was set up to shed light on the creativity and ingenuity of young people in Mosul. This exhibition showcased the work of a number of women working in handcrafts, painting, poetry and other creative arts. Many participants of the exhibition feel that support from the government can really help raise awareness about the organisation and encourage other young talented people in Mosul to take part.

Since the liberation of Mosul from ISIS militants in July, a number of civil society initiatives have emerged to help restore life to the city and come to the aid of the most needy. These initiatives include the “Nineveh First Project”, which was set up by young activists in Mosul to provide support and organise recreational activities for children, whose lives have been forever altered as a result of war and terror. The initiative was set up with the simple aim of bringing a smile to the faces of children, many of whom are orphaned.

Countless other organisations and projects have been established. Some of these projects provide direct charity to people affected by war, while other projects aim to revive key areas and sites in the city, such as the University of Mosul and other religious sites that were desecrated by ISIS.

This is evident across liberated areas of Iraq, as people come together to rebuild their lives through civil society projects, in the spirit of unity, cohesion and freedom.