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Khanim Rahim Lateef

Major Positions

Director of Asuda, NGO.
Founder of the first women's protection shelter providing refuge to victims of gender based violence and honor killing.
Advisor to Global Fund for Women for Middle East North Africa.
Member of Frontline Defenders International and Amnesty International.

Major Accomplishments

Khanim Rahim Lateef is the Director of Asuda, an independent NGO for combating violence against women. Lateef joined Asuda in 2001, and one year later founded the Asuda’s Women Shelter, which was the first women protection shelter in Iraq, despite all of the religious, cultural, social, and political constraints and the absence of a law about women shelter and women’s rights violations in Iraq. She has a bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Human Development in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq.

In addition to her work at Asuda, Lateef has been an Advisor to Global Fund for Women for Middle East North Africa since 2015, a member of Frontline Defenders International since 2010, and a member of Amnesty International since 2006. In the 2005 election, Lateef was selected as an independent candidate for Iraqi National Assembly and thrived in endorsing the 25% quota for women participation in the future legislative authorities in Iraq/National Assembly. Lateef has also published several booklets and books on gender based violations in Iraq. Her "Consequences of Violence against Women" in Kurdish was referenced by many journalists and writers. As a result of her leadership in humanitarianism and combating gender based violence, Lateef was one of the four women leaders to be awarded the 2016 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award.

Lateef has been working tirelessly to combat violence against women, domestic violence, threats of honor killings, female genital mutilation, gender-based violence, and sexual violence. Under Lateef’s leadership, Asuda has been instrumental in providing direct emergency assistance, medical assistance, psychological services, and livelihood support to thousands survivors of gender-based violence, including Syrian refugees and Internal Displaced Peoples. After the Islamic States kidnapped tens of thousands of Yazidi women and girls, Asuda sought out survivors to determine their needs and bring awareness of their plight to the international community. Lateef was among the first people to bring international NGOs’ attention to the issue. Asuda has directly assisted hundreds of Yazidi women, who have been rescued from or fled under ISIS control and who have been kidnapped, raped, put into hard labor, and bought and sold like commodities. Currently, Lateef is working on increasing the political participation of grassroot women. She thrives to engage men and boys in the combat of violence against women and to involve the marginalized groups, minorities, and women in politics.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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