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Migrant women, widows, divorced women, as well as victims of domestic violence and forced marriage are particularly vulnerable and marginalized groups in the Iraqi society, who often face particular difficulties when demanding their rights. This is both due to their lack of knowledge about those rights, as well as because of the patriarchal inclinations of the Iraqi society, especially among police officers and government employees. The goal of the project was to raise awareness among these vulnerable groups about their legal rights, the solutions and ways available for them, as well as the legal representation citizens with low-income are entitled to receive free of charge. In addition, the discussions during the workshops were aimed at countering cultural and patriarchal prejudices against women. More than 240 participants, around half of which were women from vulnerable groups, participated in the trainings. The male participants included seven Shia and Sunni clerics, as well as a large number of government and court employees, members of parliament, and police officers. During each workshop, around 30 participants were trained by two or three trainers. The program included lectures on women’s rights in inheritance, on women’s rights in the Iraqi Constitution and on the personal status law in Iraq.