Falah Shakaram is a lawyer specialising in managing human rights programmes at international NGOs in Iraq. The projects he has carried out address various aspects of women's rights including the rehabilitation of female offenders and tackling female homelessness. In his current role at the Association for Crisis Assistance & Solidarity Development Co-operation (WADI), a joint Iraqi-German initiative in Kurdistan, Falah manages a shelter and a radio station for women and youth. He also runs campaigns to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Falah, who is a survivor of the 1988 chemical bombings in Halabja city, has been involved in education and health projects for the victims of chemical attacks in rural areas of Iraq.
Falah has served as a Board Member for many Iraqi women’s rights charities and has been involved in drafting several Iraqi laws including the provisions criminalising domestic violence and FGM.
As a John Smith Fellow Falah will run a series of awareness campaigns in the Kurdistan region to support the enforcement of the law against domestic violence which came into force in 2011. As part of the campaigns Falah will work towards creation of a taskforce coalition of Iraqi organisations to co-ordinate development of guidelines and methods necessary for the effective implementation and enforcement of the legislation.