June 17, 2013 - Appointed-Ambassador Lukman Faily and Mrs. Lameis Faily hosted a dinner at their Residence in honor of a delegation of five senior Iraqi government officials and civil society leaders visiting Washington, DC. Ambassador Faily and Mrs. Faily were pleased to welcome Mr. Midhat Al-Mahmood, Chief Justice, Iraqi Higher Judicial Council and the accompanying delegation.
Among those who attended the dinner was Ambassador Sharon Wiener, Acting U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues. The group discussed women's issues in Iraq and the ways in which laws and the constitution can support women in their daily lives and means by which women can implement these changes.
The attendees also discussed the role of the United States and the importance of programs which fund NGOs in support of literacy, entrepreneurship and vocational skills for Iraqi widows and female heads of household. The attendees expressed the importance of continuing to improve NGO services to widows and their children and also connecting more widows to the Government of Iraq's widow stipend program.