On 29 November 2018, the US Consul General in Erbil, Mr. Steven Fagin, accompanied by Heather Fabrikant and Dler Hamad, visited Hawler Medical University. During a meeting between the University President, Assist. Prof. Dr. Dara O. Meran and the Consul General, a brief was presented about Hawler Medical University and areas of collaboration between Hawler Medical University and the US Consulate General in Erbil were explored and discussed. Later, Mr. Fagin addressed a class of students and faculty staff and talked about the gender based violence on the occasion of the 16-days of activism against gender based violence. The session included very interesting and interactive discussions about gender based violence in Kurdistan and the role of Hawler Medical University and the US Consulate General in combating it. Many questions were asked and issues were raised by the students and the faculty staff and Mr. Fagin thankfully responded to all the questions and comments.