Established in 2011, Awan is a women’s rights organization working towards empowering women and promoting gender equality in Iraq. Awan’s work has not been confined to Iraqi women but has sought to target men and the society as a whole with the understanding that for societal reform to take place, Iraqi men, women and youth all need to be involved in the reform process. The organization also focuses on raising human rights awareness among NGOs and building their institutional capacities.