Armenia Marsis: An Endless passion for art

Karwan Salhi- Kirkuk The Armenian community in Iraq has played an important role in Iraqi culture, particularly in literature and music and in general all arts. Armenia Marsis can be considered a fresh example of this cultural contribution. This Armenian girl, who lives in the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk, could be described as a self-confident […]

Ezidi women survivors fight their way out of despair
In Photos: Three Ezidi girls run a bakery in a Duhok IDP camp

Ammar Aziz- Duhok Sabriya, Khawla and Rayhan are three Ezidi survivors from the Ninewa’s predominantly Ezidi town of Shingal (Sinjar). After the Islamic State (IS) group controlled their hometown, they were forced to flee and sought refuge with their families in Sharya IDP camp located in the environs of Duhok. These girls refused to give […]

VIDEO: Isra’s life of suffering in Mosul
A mother of eight children standing alone against the storms

Ninewa- KirkukNow Isra had been forced into marriage at the age of 12. Her husband died in a bombing during the war against the Islamic State (IS) terror group, which overran Mosul in 2014. He left her with 8 children to take care of. After Mosul was recaptured by Iraqi forces in 2017, she left […]

In Pictures: Despite her burdensome life, Basna is determined to pursue her dreams

Ammar Aziz- Duhok   “My name is Basna Mirza. I’m 25 years old from Shingal’s Khanasur residential compound.” “Currently we live in an uncompleted house in Sharya IDP camp in Duhok province.” “I graduated from high school 5 years ago but my marks didn’t qualify me for admission to any universities or institutes.” “No one […]

Islamic State’s reign of terror couldn’t break Ezidi’s peace-loving spirit

KirkukNow After enduring harsh days in Islamic State militants’ captivity, this Ezidi girl is still holding on to a hope that one day their life would return to normal. Sold many times as a sex slave after being taken from her hometown Shingal (Sinjar) along with thousands of her community, she now looks for peace […]

Chef Hanan started from a small project and now she runs her own business

KirkukNow Hanan Faruq is an example of working women who dedicated their life not only to improve their living condition but also help others face life challenges. Hanan started her career with a small project in her home in Kirkuk. Her passion for cooking led her to more success after she opened a restaurant which […]

Helping Ezidi women survivors embrace a new life
Duhok administration empowers women in IDP camps to acquire various skills

Ammar Aziz- Duhok The Humanitarian Affairs Board in Duhok governorate is organizing various training courses for Ezidi women who survived Islamic State brutality and currently live in Duhok IDP camps.   The training courses which continued for 2 months include tailoring skills and illiteracy eradication courses. As many as 150 women and girls took part. […]

VIDEO: First woman pianist from Mosul to perform on stage in front of a crowd

Ali Ayad- Ninewa Ban is a pianist from Mosul. She is said to be the first woman pianist to perform on stage in front of crowds in Mosul city public places. She abandoned her passion for music for 20 years due to marriage and parental responsibilities. Now she has made a strong comeback performing live […]

Using the power of art to combat violence against women

Hawre Azad- Diyala A two-member voluntary group in Khanaqin, Diyala province has adopted a creative method to raise awareness about women’s rights and the need to combat violence against women. Diana Mahir and Karrar Kamaran, both students of Khanaqin’s Fine Arts Institute are using wall painting to embody the suffering of women. “We started this […]

Women suffer appalling conditions in Kirkuk
Women rights activist reveals 2018 statistics of cases involving violence against women

KirkukNow- Kirkuk Soma Farhad, a council member of the Kurdistan Free Women organization organized a seminar in Kirkuk in which she highlighted the causes and types of violence against women as well as how to combat violence. Soma Farhad revealed that conditions for women in Kirkuk are dire, based on recent statistics recorded by women organizations.

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