In September 2021, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, held a live digital dialogue with voters across Iraq to hear their hopes and concerns, the changes they want to see in their community, and what they expect from the candidates ahead of Iraq's parliamentary elections in October.
About 85 Iraqis actively participated in the interactive online session. Using cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the digital dialogue provided a safe and secure space for Iraqi voters to anonymously share their thoughts with the UN leadership in the country.
"Marwa's Election" is the story of Marwa Abdel Ridha, a young Iraqi lawyer-activist who participates in the digital dialogue. In this short documentary, Marwa discusses the importance of civic engagement and how technology can promote inclusion.