Director for Equality and Inclusion, Iraq
Ms. Al-Lami serves as GRI's Director of Equality and Inclusion on the USAID-funded Iraq Governance Performance Accountability Program. Ms. Al-Lami is a prominent Iraqi lawyer and women’s rights activist. Following nearly 17 years as a practicing lawyer in the Family Law Courts, Ms. Al-Lami went on to serve on both the Baghdad Provincial Council and the Sadir City District Council. During her tenure she chaired committees for law, administration, and women and children and authored the Bylaws for the Baghdad Province District and Sub-District Councils. In 2007 she founded Women For Progress, a local NGO which runs a Women’s Center and Legal Clinic where she still volunteers her time. Most recently, Ms. Al-Lami served as a consultant and programme specialist to the UNDP Rule of Law and Access to Justice program where she helped establish 16 family protection units in the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior and three legal aid clinics in Baghdad and Basra courthouses. She also established the first national database for tracking cases of domestic and gender-based violence.
In 2009, Ms. Al-Lami was presented with the International Women of Courage Award by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2010, she as well honored with the Massachusetts Bar Association Public Service Award. In 2014, she has also received the Vital Voices Global Leadership Award, and was featured on the Washington Post series “On Leadership”.
Ms. Al-Lami earned her LLB from Baghdad University and her LLM from University of Minnesota with focus on international law for human rights where she was a Hubert Humphry Scholar. She is fluent in English and Arabic.