In collaboration with Oxfam International and Asuda –Kurdistan, ABAAD developed four booklets in the context of involving men in eliminating VAW. The booklets provide essential keys for workers in the
field of women’s rights in the MENA region in general and Kurdistan in particular on engaging men in the fields of law (judges and lawyers), politics (politicians), religion (religious leaders), and security (police).
- Judges and Lawyers: They have an effective role in society, and are the category which should rule upon or defend different rape, assault, and personal status cases justly.
- Politicians: They are the category that is supposed to advance and adapt new laws and legislation,
and they can either have very positive or very negative influences.
- Religious leaders: They are able to influence the public opinion, given they are considered an essential reference for many.
- Policemen: They should be the major implementers of the law, and they are usually the front that conducts investigations of rape and assault cases.
The four documents include an in-depth look at defending women’s rights, its origins and foundations, as well asmmechanisms and stages of advocacy, analyses to understand the capacity of the target institutions as direct stakeholders in the efforts to end violence against women.