Articles

Iraq’s First Female Goodwill Ambassador: Making my Voice reach the Farthest Corners of the Earth

  Me’aad Hussein Sahar addresses women through “Nina” in this interview with Sana Bekki, telling us to: Always be proud to be an Iraqi woman. Me’aad is the first Iraqi woman to be recognized as a “Goodwill Ambassador”

Nina – how did we get our name?

by Hayder Al-Fayhan Nina is one of the names of Goddess “Inana”, representing fertility, beauty and love to the ancient people of Mesopotamia. The Goddess appeared for the first time in the lands of “Sumer” 5,000 years ago. She was

Amal and Nina … a Future of Hope?

When Nina was launched, readers were promised that they would find the voices of Iraqi women everywhere in our pages. Whether they were from inside or outside Iraq, Nina would ensure that these voices would be heard.

Smoking – the new form of self-expression for teenage girls in Iraq?

Nidal Asha is a journalist and lawyer. Based in Iraq she supports several NGOs with her expertise. She explores the increasing fascination with smoking for girls in Iraq. Smoking of all sorts has recently spread among young

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

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

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

On the Road to Baghdad

by Hiyam Thirty six years after I left my hometown I was heading there again – by car, from Basrah.  It was a delight to see the gradual transformation of the landscape from barren desert to lush

Iraq: 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