The Iraqi Government and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) have launched a national strategy to combat violence against women in an event in Baghdad. The strategy provides a framework on which policy makers will draw actions on preventing violence against women and girls.
Syrian-Kurdish women marched in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in Syria to end gender-based violence to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Women of all ages carried the portraits of fighters in the Women's Protection Units.
New bill in Morocco imposes tougher penalties on various types of sexual violence and harassment against women, but critics say it falls short. The new law also redefines what constitutes sexual harassment, including signals of a sexual nature.