Rasan is a nongovernmental organization that was established at 2004. It works for defending women and LGBTQI rights in Iraq generally and Kurdistan specifically.
Our Vision & Mission
Having a country of gender equality and liberty and working to improve the life of women , youth, and the LGBTQI community in Iraq.
To achieve its objectives, Rasan implements the following activities:
- Providing legal, psychological, and social support directly for women clients and LGBTQI
- Helping clients to understand and exercise their legal, social, medical, economical, and political rights.
- Providing women with basic needs such as food, hygiene, and clothes, especially for vulnerable women such as refugees, IDPs, widows, pregnant mothers, and divorced women.
- Training courses and workshops for women. Men, and youth. Awareness raising for leaders in society such as government officials, tribal chiefs, religious leaders, political parties, and others.
- Working with community advisory committees and youth to combat violence against women and girls and promote LGBTQI Rights.
- Convening conferences and seminars to raise awareness about women’s rights and the impacts of gender-based violence.
- Research and monitoring:
- Collecting and compiling data on the prevalence of gender-based violence and LGBTQI community publishing findings on an online database.
- Conducting assessments to understand the basic needs of women and LGBTQI in host communities, refugee camps and IDPs areas.
- Lobby and alliance:
- Working in coordination with the Kurdish government and influencing the development of legal standards and laws that protect women and LGBTQI
- Combating traditions and customs that contradict women’s rights and LGBTQI Rights.
- Women’s capacity building and Empowerment :
- Professional training
- Special educational Programs and professional curricula.
- Research and economic studies that contribute to raising the standard of living for women
The organization’s main goals for the next two to three years and why they are important to us.
- Combating violence against women and LGBTQI.
- Eradication of discrimination and all forms of violence against women and LGBTQI.
- Promoting the awareness of the public about the negative consequences of violence against women and LGBTQI.
- Helping women and LGBTQI members to reach their legal, social, medical, economical, and political rights.
- Assisting women and LGBTQI to have a better life by providing basic needs of life such as food, hygiene, cloth, and etc for vulnerable women especially; refugees, IDPs, widows, pregnant, and divorced.
Because we believe in serving the society and developing it to form a better life for everyone in it, and we see that women’s rights and LGBTQI Rights issue is not only about women and LGBTQI themselves. It is actually about every single human being, we have listed these goals and dedicated our lives to achieve them.
Tanya Kemal Darwesh
Tanya was the founder and director of Hanna Children Organization and is currently the Director of Rasan Organization.
She was a Kurdistan Parliament candidate for the 2013 elections, and an active member of Sulaymaniyah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is also a member of, and participated in the following: Women Union of Kurdistan since 2006, Communication manager of Economical Empowerment of Widows in Iraq in 2009, Member of 1325 Security Council Resolution in 2010, communication specialist at the business women association of Iraq in Kurdistan 2013, and a member of the public collaboration at Kurdistan Peace Friendship Collaboration.
Kurdish from Sulaimanyah. Graduated from Komar University of Science and Technology- Environmental Engineering Department (2016-2017). She believes in equality, freedom, coexistence, and a tireless advocate for human rights.
Ayaz Shalal Hassan
Ayaz studied Business Administration and Political Science at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimanyah (AUIS). He is a feminist who has been working for women’s rights, LGBTQI rights, and gender equality for almost seven years. He is a co-founder of Rasan Organization. He is an alumni of the SUSI (Study of the U.S. Institutes) 2014 program in the United States. He is also a fellow of Amends program in Koç University in Istanbul and Stanford University in the United States, a Laureate Global Fellow, IYLA Global Fellow, and World Bank Global Youth Forum Fellow in Washington DC. Ayaz is a peer educator trainer at UNFPA and the founder of Social Awareness organization (SAO) at AUIS. He is currently writing a book about homosexuality in Iraq. He also wrote several articles about Love, God, Religion, Women Rights, Honor killing, and Child abuse. He believes in liberty, love, equality, and peace. He always says, “If I want to be happy I have to make others happy as well.” To fulfill this, he is working in the human rights field. He started from gender equality as a first step toward his journey to change the world.
Bakhan Hama Amin Qaidr
Kurdish, Iraqi activist started her activism as a volunteer with Kurdistan Save The Children, Hiwa Foundation, and many other organizations that work with refugee and host community youth and children. She is interested and very passionate about working for human rights, specially women’s and LGBT’s. She believes that she is very lucky as she has started her career with her dream job in Rasan Organization in 2016; she has been a part of many projects such as workshops about women and LGBT rights awareness, designing and creating the ideas of Rasan’s publications from posters, booklets and short movies and also coordinating those events. Been a main part of designing the ideas for the murals on Suleymaniyah walls that promoted LGBT rights and has been written many articles about in local and global media. She is looking forwards to the future and she wants to make a difference in her community.
Shkar Nbaz is an active team member of Rasan Organization.