6 Iraqi universities commit to improve gender equality

A big step in improving gender equality in Iraqi higher education has been taken by 6 Iraqi universities. They all have developed a gender equality plan to make their universities more inclusive for minorities and women.

The actions towards gender equality are part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) in which higher education institutions of both Iraq and The Netherlands collaborate. Recently a delegation of Iraqi representatives visited Wageningen University and Research and took the opportunity to set further steps in their collaboration.

“The gender equality plans proof the commitment of the participating universities. Especially looking at the number of universities involved and considering the context in which the different universities operate. This is a wonderful result underlining the aim of the Orange Knowledge Programme to contribute to sustainable and inclusive development“, according Titia Bredée, director-general of Nuffic.

Its focus on efficient water management by incorporating climate-smart agriculture is important in a country where the agricultural sector is a significant employment sector. Supporting efficient water management will contribute to climate-smart agriculture. The Netherlands can offer solid expertise in these fields, by strengthening the education sector, the private sector, the entrepreneurship ecosystem, agriculture and water management.

Strengthened organisations

Nuffic facilitates and administers the Iraqi project as part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With the OKP we facilitate knowledge cooperation between Dutch and local knowledge institutions by strengthening organisations that are key to sectoral development in partner countries and improving 21st-century skills & knowledge of mid-career professionals. We do this by activating the expertise of Dutch knowledge institutions for international cooperation.