April 3, 2022, Mosul, Iraq – UNFPA and the Ministry of Health, with the support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), today opened a Central Assistance Center (OSAC) for women and girls who have survived gender-based violence in Mosul, Nineveh Governorate.
Survivors of gender-based violence can receive medical treatment, including clinical treatment for rape, counseling and legal advice, and referrals for additional support.
Social workers and medical staff at the center will provide culturally sensitive care that preserves the dignity of survivors and promotes long-term recovery. You will also receive capacity building related to mental health and psychosocial support and gender-based violence response.
dr Falah Hassan Altayy, Nineveh Director of Health, emphasized the importance of the One-Stop Assistance Center and taking action to address the needs of women and girls, whether in response to gender-based violence or their reproductive health needs . He also expressed his gratitude to UNFPA for supporting the governorate’s health sector.
On that part, Mr. Himyar Abdulmoghni, UNFPA Deputy Representative to Iraq, said: “As we move from humanitarian to development, the protection of women and girls is more important than ever. This one-stop assistance center will ensure that the women and girls who have survived gender-based violence do not need to visit multiple facilities to provide them with quality and holistic services, but can reach multiple services in one place.
Commenting on the event, Mr. Cho Heyong Lae, Country Director of KOICA Iraq said, “Today, as a strong supporter of UNFPA, KOICA celebrates the opening of the One-Stop Assistance Center in Mosul. We are delighted to see this significant occasion succeeding the one stop center in Kirkuk which opened last December. We hope that the center will make a significant contribution to providing necessary services to people suffering from conflict-related sexual violence.”
The project is carried out in close cooperation with the relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Justice, the General Directorate for Combating Violence Against Women and the Empowerment of Women Department .
The OSAC, the third of its kind in the country and the first in Mosul, is supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and led by the governorate’s Directorate of Health.
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