Organizations like OWFI could strengthen their direct services beyond meeting immediate shelter needs, with the technical assistance and funding that comes with international partnerships.
MADRE assisted OWFI in developing protocols for accepting referrals for residents from sympathetic agencies and organizations such as the International Organization for Migration, but these referring agencies are few and far between.
In the fall of 2015, when the the UN Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Committee asked the government about shelter availability, government representatives responded that OWFI is helping to meet the needs of survivors in central and southern Iraq.
A coalition of over 40 local organizations led by OWFI is advocating for the central government to adopt a national framework allowing for private shelters.
Due to its advocacy efforts, OWFI has recently been invited by the Committee for Women, Family, and Child of the Iraqi government to propose amendments to a draft law on domestic violence entitled the Family Protection Law.