Noor Al Naser from Iraq serves in her country as Associate Operations Officer with UNAMI
At UNMAS in Iraq, life is a mix of challenges, perseverance and moments of unburdened accomplishment. The dynamism and strength of our team lies in the mix of amazing international and national women and men, devoted to their work and to each other. Iraq has been left devastated by the rise and fall of Da’esh, cities replete with widespread explosive hazard contamination and over 1.8 million people displaced within the country’s borders. Explosive hazard clearance and work within the wider breadth of mine action operations is the critical first step to the return of internally displaced people, infrastructure development and access to essential services such as water, healthcare, electricity and education. Our team works closely with communities, government counterparts, coordinating agencies and with implementing partners to clear dangerous contamination, day by day, step by step. As one of a select group of women who work in mine action, and the even fewer number of local Iraqi women in mine action, Noor Al Naser has spent her 3 years at UNMAS cultivating a relentless professional portfolio in spite of numerous challenges and in a male-dominated work environment. Currently, Noor is the Associate Operations Officer for UNMAS Iraq, assisting the Head of Projects in coordinating all operational activities. Importantly, amazing women within UNMAS and the wider community are playing leading roles in mine action operations, as community liaison officers, as part of our risk education teams, as heads of programmes and as gender advisors. UNMAS in Iraq is the first of UNMAS programme to have a dedicated post for a Gender Advisor in 2019 and is mainstreaming gender through all its planning, programming and implementation of activities.