30.11.2013 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

Ethics and Gender equality: at the heart of UNESCO educational programmes

In the framework of its several initiatives to improve the qualitative aspects of education in Iraq, UNESCO organized two workshops to highlight two critical topics on the general academic scene in Iraq: Ethics and codes of conduct in Education, and enhancing the role of women in university leadership.

Both workshops were held under the Iraqi Public Sector Modernization Project, a pioneering endeavour led jointly by multiple UN agencies to improve the public service delivery on many levels, including Education.

Held in Baghdad on 24 and 25 November 2013, the workshop on Ethics and codes of conduct brought together around fifty participants from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR), universities staff, as well as university students to train them on university codes of conduct, and academic and professional integrity. This workshop is the second focused on ethics and integrity organized by UNESCO and MoHESR following the first one organized in October 2013 focusing on higher education leaders and teachers.

During this two-day workshop, participants discussed the importance of academic integrity in universities and its impact on the national level and were also introduced to the main tools for setting guidelines and general codes for ethical conduct within Higher education establishments.

Additionally, UNESCO and UN WOMEN in partnership with the MoHESR organized on 26 and 27 November, a two-day technical workshop in Baghdad focused on enhancing the role of women in university leadership. Around 50 male and female academics and university leaders raised their awareness on the importance of promoting equity and equal opportunities between men and women in higher education leadership.

"Gender equality in Iraq is a main concern for UNESCO", stated UNESCO project manager and gender focal point Enrique Pinilla Martin. "In this important phase, UNESCO and the Iraqi government have to make sure that women are involved in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Education sector in Iraq, and for that involvement to be on the decision making level", added Pinilla Martin. dddddddddddddddddd Participants also discussed a study prepared by the MoHESR on "women in Higher Education in Iraq", and the main causes that are preventing women from occupying managerial positions in Higher Education institutions in Iraq. Participants finally agreed on a number of recommendations that will be presented to the MoHESR in February 2014.

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