Iraqi Social Forum on Coexistence and Civil Peace begins in Baghdad

Invitation to live skype conversation with Baghdad on October 3rd

A thematic Iraqi Social Forum on Coexistence and Civil Peace has begun by Iraqi civil society organizations, taking place in Baghdad (in Abu Nawas Gardens, on the Tigris River) from the 1st to the 3rd of October 2015. A live skype conversation with Baghdad will take place in Oslo on Saturday, 3rd October.

Invitation to live Skype conversation with Baghdad via Oslo, Saturday 3rd October: 10.00-11.30 Oslo Time. Frivillighetshuset (Kolstadgata 1)

As Iraq experiences escalating violence that has resulted in at least 15,000 civilians killed and 30,000 injured since January 2014, the Iraqi Social Forum has consistently viewed the bloodshed as the result of long years of dictatorship and military coups, then years of occupation that produced the current political system with its corruption and sectarian quotas.

The Iraqi civil movements, NGOs and unions rose up in response and took the streets of several Iraqi cities this summer to protest against the lack of services and corruption in the administrative, financial and political systems. They won approval by the Iraqi Parliament of many important reforms. At this critical moment, the Iraqi Social Forum and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative believe Iraqi civil society has the capacity to promote coexistence between Iraqi communities through nonviolent action and peacebuilding programs, and that this is the way to defeat violent extremism.

A thematic Iraqi Social Forum on Coexistence and Civil Peace has been launched by Iraqi civil society organizations, and will take place in Baghdad (in Abu Nawas Gardens, on the Tigris River) from the 1st to the 3rd of October 2015. During the Forum we will host a Mini-Marathon for Peace (including a 30 km race and two shorter runs) to celebrate the International Day of Nonviolence on the 2nd of October.

Since the call for the Forum was spread in July, about 50 self-organized activities have already been registered online, and 180 young people from Iraq and Arab countries have offered to work as volunteers to organize the event. Now it’s time for internationals to consider taking part in this event and show international solidarity for Iraqi civil society! Iraqi activists commit to organize the presence of an international delegation and manage security aspects with unarmed accompaniment. In 2013 a delegation of 16 internationals and more than 3000 Iraqis took part in the first Iraqi Social Forum and never experienced security threats.

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Please consider the following ways of joining us:

Build a solidarity link with Iraqi civil society via internet. Register through the following form as soon as possible, so the ISF 2015 Extension Team can contact you in order to take part in the ISF 2015 from your part of the world.

Possibilities for taking part in the Extended Iraqi Social Forum:

A) Organize a solidarity activity in your city to spread awareness on the Iraqi situation and the ISF. You can do this before, during or after the forum. We strongly advise you to take pictures or videos of the event and send them to the Extended Iraqi Social Forum. These will be published on the Facebook of the Iraqi Social Forum as an expression of solidarity between your group and Iraqi civil society. If you plan to organize a solidarity activity, please fill in the form below. Alternatively, you can send pictures and videos of a solidarity activity to

B) Have an exchange with Iraqi civil society through via video-conference between your group and a group at the ISF. This activity will take place on Saturday October 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Baghdad time (GMT+3). A room at the ISF will be equipped with internet connection and webcam allowing a video-exchange between a group of civil society activists at the ISF in Baghdad and your group, wherever you are, via Google Hangout (via audio and text-chat). The extension team will add you to the Google Hangout group via the email registered in the participation form. Find us via The ISF 2015 Extension Team will contact you to confirm your participation.

C) Watch the livestream of activities held in Baghdad within the ISF. Some activities during the forum (1-3 October 2015) will be visible by internet streaming, if the quality of connection allows it. You could watch these activities with your friends, project them in a public space. Please consider that connection in Baghdad is precarious and most likely there will be occasional interruptions of the streaming even when we make it work. A list of livestreamed activities will be published here, including the livestream link.

Contact the “ISF Extension Team” here:

The Iraqi Social Forum Committee

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The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative

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Posted by - Last updated 01.10.2015