As part of Save the Children's Child Protection program in Iraq, displaced girls in Dohuk governorate, participated in knitting and sewing workshops at Save the Children's Child Friendly Space in Sharia IDP Camp. A fashion show and an exhibition was held at the camp to showcase the girls' work, where community members also attended.
The project supported by Global Affairs Canada, seeks to build the resilience and coping capacity of Iraqi IDPs, Syrian Refugees and host communities in Dohuk and Ninewa Governorates. Through an integrated Child Protection, Education and WASH intervention, Save the Children is pioneering system strengthening initiatives to build the skills of conflict-affected communities and the local government to respond and mitigate against the negative effects of the crises.
Learning that they are proactive members of the community, the girls took the initiative of giving back to their community by giving away some of the items they knitted to families in need in the camp like blankets for newborns and baby clothing.
"It was a lot of fun learning how to knit. It's nice to see that you can start from having nothing to creating a useful item that you can wear or give to someone and make them happy," said 14-year-old Simav, "We are not able to buy new clothes in the camp because we don't have money here so I am happy that I can create something to wear that is my own work."
Save the Children has launched the Every Last Child Campaign in Iraq which aims to remove discriminatory barriers that prevent adolescent girls affected by the conflict from thriving in a protective environment. Through the campaign Save the Children will work with the government, partners and local communities to eliminate harassment against girls and also ensure that education is inclusive and protects girls in order for them to thrive.
Watch a video of the fashion show here: