Motto "Empower Women to Lead"
Founded 2001
Type Non-profit organization
Focus Women free from violence and abuse
Area served
Iraq, Kurdistan Region
Services Protection, Awareness, Research and Advocacy
Method Grants, Funding, campaigns
Key people
Khanim Rahim Latif (executive director)
Mission Working for a better life for Women in Kurdistan

Asuda for Combating Violence against Women is a women's rights NGO operating in Iraqi Kurdistan. The term Asuda means: "providing comfort".


Asuda provides protection and support to victims of gender-based violence in Kurdistan (Iraq) as well as to women who have been forced to leave Iraqi Kurdistan regardless of their ethnicity and religion.

Asuda is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-affiliated organization based in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan. Asuda is a member of NGOs Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI).[1]


Asuda states that violence against women, notably honor killings, is a key social problem in Iraqi Kurdistan. Despite efforts from wider society to end the killings, the rate of violence is increasing. Respect for women and women's rights continue to be a controversial and sensitive issue. Honor killings are accepted within certain regional 'tribal' or customary laws.



Asuda undertakes:


In 2000, Asuda opened the first women's shelter in the Kurdish region. Since then, Asuda has played an important role in lobbying the Iraqi Kurdistan government to place priority on women's rights. Today, Asuda continues to provide shelter, information, legal aid and mediation to women in need.

Financial Disclosure

Asuda is reliant on grants and donations from local, national, regional and international donors and organizations. These organizations include various agencies and programs of the United Nations, the European Union and governments worldwide.[4][5][6][7][8][9] Asuda has received many grants from key international and regional organizations, embassies and ministries of foreign affairs of European Union and the United States.


Due to controversy about Asuda's work and some negative local community perception, Asuda has come under several direct and indirect threats and attacks. The most serious attack to date on Asuda occurred on May 11, 2008, when unknown gunmen opened fire on Asuda's main office in Sulaymaniyah, seriously injuring a woman inside.[10][11][12][13][14][15]


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  2. Martin Chulov. "The razor and the damage done: female genital mutilation in Kurdish Iraq | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  3. Administrator. "About Asuda". Retrieved 2016-04-13.
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  6. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  8. "Kurdistan Update : Follow up visit – 20 years after the Uprising" (PDF). June 2011. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  9. "Country Profiles | Amnesty International". Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  10. "Iraq: gunmen attack women's shelter | World War 4 Report". Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  11. "Asuda Shelter Comes Under Attack | Kvinna till Kvinna - promotes peace and gender equality". Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  12. Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. "Condemns Gun Attack on Women's Shelter in Kurdistan, Iraq | KHRP | Kurdish Human Rights Project". 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  14. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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