About Women Empowerment

Based on the international tendencies towards achieving gender equality in educational institutions, and in line with the fifth goal of the UN Sustainable Development Programme 2015-2030 (Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls), the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research initiated the establishment of a women empowerment unit at all Iraqi universities. These units are directly connected to Women Empowerment Department at the MoHESR itself, which in turn is linked to the Department of Women Empowerment at the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers. Administratively, the unit is linked to the University Chancellor’s office within the structure of the Ministry and its affiliated formations. The unit has a unified vision to enhance the role of women in management and leadership, to stand against all forms of discrimination, and to formulate public policies that guarantee equal opportunities for both genders at all levels. This form of gender equality starts at providing equal admission opportunities in all academic programs, and the equal assignment of tasks to faculty members of both genders, moving towards achieving gender equality between male and female employees in the occupation of middle and senior administrative and leadership positions.

Vision:To increase the percentage of women occupying leadership positions at the university over the coming five years.

Goals:The Women Empowerment Unit at the University of Babylon aims to increase the percentage of women who occupy middle and senior leadership positions in order to achieve the goals of increasing women’s participation in decision-making, as well as to provide an ideal environment that enables them to obtain all the essential information and training necessary to succeed in leadership.