The first awareness raising event as part of a series of events (currently postponed due to COVID-19) in Iraq took place on 13 March in Thi-Qar province, Iraq organised by the Iraqi Democratic Youth Federation (IDYF).

Bringing together 30 local participants representing civil society organisations, private security companies and human rights defenders, IDYF introduced the International Code of Conduct and its Association to the participants, the ICoCA membership process and discussed standards and responsibilities of PSCs operating in Iraq. Participants identified a need to strengthen channels of communication between CSOs and PSCs as well as to support efforts of civil society to raise awareness about private security and the role of ICoCA. A webinar in cooperation with Iraqi Al-Amal Association will follow, strengthening engagement and exchanges with interested participants.