Current Affairs

Iraq 2017 – United We Stand, Divided We Fall

By Samar Rassam I think you might all agree that 2016 has been a challenging year in general as well as in the oil and gas Industry. May I take this opportunity to wish you all Season’s

Who is right? – A Question of Religion

By Nour Hamed In our daily life, we often argue about simple stuff like the best food, the nicest color, the cutest haircut for the season, etc., or about complicated issues like the 2008 economic crisis or

The Third Option

by Nour Hamed Life is all about making choices; choosing to live in your home country should be normal. If your home country is Iraq though, things look slightly different.  In a war-torn Iraq, the ‘normal’ is

What I learned as an Iraqi woman on Int’l Women’s Day in Vienna

by Lemya “Frauen sind schön (women are beautiful!)!” A raucous voice drew my attention in the middle of St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) Square in Vienna. I turned and, to my surprise, saw women from different organizations marching

Iraq, March 3rd, 2015: Council of Ministers urges a quota of leadership positions for women

Iraqi Council of Ministries had held its ninth regular session for the year 2015 in Baghdad (Tuesday, March 3, 2015) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al Abadi. The following decision was issued by the Council:

Nina goes Off the Grid and Into Action

  Jane North, Board Member for the Permaculture Research, entrepreneur and expert, explores why plugging into green tech is the way forward for Iraq.   ‘Green Technology’ refers to environmentally based systems that replace the burning of

Triumph despite adversity – Nina 2 from Karbala to the world

How Nina’s story became part of my story, by Hawraa Abdullah Abbas   It’s not been easy, but when I saw the picture of people receiving Nina issue 2 in Iraq and in other parts of the

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

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.

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