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Rights and Peace

Third Iraqi Social Forum

Tuesday 6 September 2016, by ICSSI

September 22-24, 2016

Why the ISF?

Within the difficult situation Iraq is going through, the war against Daesh, the terrorist organization, and its impact of millions of Iraqi IDPs, the damages that have been imposed on our cities. Due to the continuous political crises, generated by the sectarian quotas and the on-going bad security situation, the lack of adequate services and social justice, we do need to unify the efforts of the civil society, and set the energy of youth free, to rebuild peace and stability in our beloved country. The ISF activities during the previous and the current year, concentrated on organizing different activities to spread the values of co-existence, peace, and nonviolence, also to support the nonviolence protesting movement to establish social justice and maintain human rights.

The 3rd season is social platform to organize and create alternatives, thus creating the hope of another Iraq is possible. It is a new chance to organize, coordinate and work together, to keep the ISF an open space for democratic dialogue, to discuss ideas, formulate suggestions, exchange expertise, and interaction between social movements, NGOs, and other society components.

We are a non- religious, non-partial, and non-governmental activity, that is characterized by multiplicity and diversity. We aim to facilitate non-centralized interaction and networking among organizations, associations, and movements, locally and internationally. With you, we hope to build ideas and suggestions to implement concrete steps to build another Iraq, as a part of another world is possible!

Organizations, activists, and all concerned of different dynamics of the ISF, are preparing for the 3rd session. The theme of this session is "Rights and Peace". We are looking forward to a vast national and international participation, after we had successful previous session in 2015, where more than 3000 participants got involved in more than 200 different activities.

Dynamics of the 3rd season

1. Save the Tigris Campaign, water and environment in Iraq
2. Social and economical rights and social justice
3. Women rights and equality
4. Non-violence, peace-building and the protesting movements in Iraq.

Program of the 3rd season

Thu. 22nd Sept.
 Registration, opening and self-organized workshops
 Theatre Forum - Baghdad -al- Rashid street area.

Fri. 23rd Sept.
 Convergence assemblies
 Theatre Forum - Baghdad -al- Rashid street area.

Sat 24th Sept.
 Baghdad Marathon for peace,
 Open artistic and cultural activities and the Closing ceremony at Abu-nawas gardens in Baghdad

The forum is an open event for all who share our values and principles of the Forum’s Charter

* To attend the forum’s activities, you don’t need to register.
* To register a self-organized workshop register ( Arabic, After registration we will contact you to discuss organizing your activities. Keep following information in this regard in our Page on Facebook ( and on our Website (
* To register as participants of Baghdad Marathon for Peace, please keep track of the Marathon Page on Facebook, where the dates and places of registration will be announced.
* To participate at the convergence assemblies of this season, you should have a registered self-organized workshop within this session dynamics.

Participation of internationals and from outside Iraq

* There will be international participation in this session too, the ICSSI will coordinate the international participation. The visa to Iraq still represents a huge obstacle to the participation of internationals who express solidarity with Iraq. That’s why the ISF decided to launch a campaign soon in that regard, you will be informed about.
* To those who want to directly participate in the ISF in Baghdad, we kindly ask you to write a short letter to introduce yourselves and your motivation to participate, please send to: ic-

The extended forum- to participate from distance

* You can participate in the extended ISF, by organizing activities consistent with the WSF charter and solidarity with Iraq, at any country and city in the world, you can send us images and news to post in the activities of the extended forum map.
* You can also participate via the internet to follow up news and join the 3rd session activities. To arrange a distance call, please send an e-mail to: