Perspectives from Kurdistan

Dr Zeynep Kaya, has recently returned from her fieldwork in Erbil and Sulaimaniyah with reference to the role of international organisations supporting efforts to enhance the status of women. She gives here her first impressions on her

Paintings telling a story of a nation… with the brush of Iraqi Artist Mona Marei

 Interview by: Sana Bekki   “Baghdad, a paradise on earth…. Oh, I miss it so much. I keep counting hours to go back to paradise.” I overheard this statement in Amman last week. A woman whose hometown

A powerful young generation faced with a stolen future. 

What comes to your mind when you hear ‘Middle East’? Let me take a wild guess.. Terrorism, ISIS, Bombs, threats or maybe even danger? Let me introduce myself, I am Amrien Al Suhail. A proud daughter of

Living In The Future- Iraq

Mariam Zara, age 14 has a dream… I am a 14 year old Iraqi lady with a big dream for my country. Although I live in Turkey now, all my life I was very interested in my

Federal Budget Delay causes Family Hardship

By Mustafa Saadoun, Head of Iraqi Human Rights Observatory Investment company worker Samer Mohammed had a long trip home recently, weighed down by the knowledge that he had lost his job and thus his 20,000 IQD salary.

Women in Islam – a Wider Perspective

Regular contributor and Islamic finance expert Dr Natalie Schoon, takes a wider perspective, examining a woman’s role in Islam   It is un-Islamic for Muslim women to laugh out loud in public. At least, this is what was

Novelist Dr. Sanaa Al-Shalan enjoys a Prize Bonanza

2014 has been a great year for Jordanian novelist Dr. Sanaa Al-Shalan, and has seen her win three Arabic awards in different creative fields. Her short story Deepening in Hell gained her the first win;  at the

Mothers of Martyrs, a poem by Dr Ali Bayaa

  Nina is delighted to welcome Dr. Ali Al Bayaa as a regular contributor. His first contribution is a poem he has written in English, Mother of Martyrs.  It is part of an effort to translate the Iraqi

Empowered women = An Empowered nation

Lawyer Raya Abu Gulal, co-founder of the Women Lawyers Group Middle East and committee member of the International Women Business Group (Abu Dhabi), shares a legal perspective of why integrating Women into the Iraqi Economy is vital

Political Passion, Corporate Power

Parwen Babaker is Kurdistan’s ex Minister of Industry and a business woman, wife and mother. This elegant, quietly spoken woman is tough and determined and has leveraged an impressive political and corporate career.  Parwen champions building human capacity through