History of Harikar NGO

Harikar NGO is a neutral, non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian organization established in 30th May 2004 by group of social activists. Harikar NGO as stated in its mission statement strives toward the fulfillment of human and women rights in Dohuk Governorate as stipulated in the new Iraqi constitution of 15th October 2005.

In the year 2003 the Government of Iraq collapsed in the aftermath the United States of America intervention in Iraq.

As result of this event, the United Nations Security Council issued UNSCR 1483 (2003), according to which the UN decided to wind-up the UNSR 986 program, also known as Oil-for-Food Program.

This drastic change in the country, made some educated and experienced UN national staff members decide to establish a local non governmental organization. This NGO in the view of founders was a rapid response to the gap the withdrawal of UN agencies would leave in the area.

Harikar is committed to- within its resources- contribute towards the achievement of the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals.

Harikar believes in human rights, the right of every person to reach his potential without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, social segment and ethnicity.

Harikar strives to achieve the social justice especially among the marginalized vulnerable groups. It also works towards elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and promotes their capacity to fully participate in the community development.

Within its ten years, Harikar has been able to successfully achieve more than (80) projects, with various partners (RRT/PRT, UNHCR, UNNESCO Diakonia, UNDP, UNOPS, IRD, Mercy Corps, IRC, IRI, NDI, SCF-UK, Mission east, ICSP and others) on legal protection, gender equality, promoting female youth election participation, capacity building, Women right promotion, raising awareness on violence against women; Promotion of human and child rights, health awareness, Election monitoring. Also as part of its collaboration and support to strengthen CSOs capacity Harikar NGO staff providing guidance to newly established NGO on how to formulate project and prepare proposals. During its projects implementation, Harikar had reach a significant number of marginalized, poor and needy local community members, refugees, IDPs, women, children and most vulnerable groups. The projects focused on: human rights, monitoring and education of elections, legal protection, awareness, women and child rights, gender equality, civic education etc..

At last but not least, Harikar obtained Civic Award from the KRG prime Ministry that had been organized by Civil Society ministry in Kurdistan for its recognized contribution towards promotion of the civil society through the human rights especially rights of women and children, civic education etc…