Your Iraq

Nina readers asked to participate in World Bank Survey

Can you help? The objective of the survey is to reach out to MENA citizens living abroad to get their views on how they would like to contribute to the economic development of their country of origin. The

Introducing the “Dima Institute” , a beacon of hope for children with special needs in Najaf

A special report by by Jordanian writer Dr. Sana al-Shaalan   “Institute Dima” isn’t  a government institution, nor is it a civil institution, or a typical NGO. Instead it is an organisation that supports education,  offering  ordinary people a

Iraq did not tell me off for staying away

  I came to Iraq in 2009 for the first time since 1978 – but that is another story for another time. Work was what brought me out here, as I had seen an opportunity for expanding

Why Nina

Nina is one of the names of Goddess “Inana” which represented fertility, beauty and love to the ancient people of Mesopotamia. The Goddess appeared for the first time in the lands of “Sumer” three thousand years BC

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies – Recipe 2 by Naz Allawi

From The China Study Cookbook by Leanne Campbell, PhD. I made these for my girls often: 1 banana, mashed 1 cup milk (non diary if you like) 3 tbl spoons of Agave Nectar I teasppon vanilla 1

Fessenjan Stew – Recipe 1 by Naz Allawi

This is one of my favourite recipes Fessenjan stew and is one of the most popular Iranian dishes. 5 Tbsp. olive oil… 2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced 2lb. chicken legs/thigh/breast, cut up 1lb. butternut squash,

Poems by Madeleine F White – A Working Mum

I Want – October 2014 I want to drown in their laughter I want their kisses to smother me I want their tears to stab me I want their smiles to pierce me Whilst the memory of

The current legal status of Iraqi women

Raya Abu Gulal I am delighted to be editing the Laws and Ideas page for Nina, as I believe that creating a safe environment legally for women to work and do business in is essential for the

Past Strength: Insights from the past, creating strength today

Nouriya Shaya turns 90 this year. The first female bank manager, responsible for all Rafidain bank branches outside Baghdad, tells her story. I come from a family of successful merchants, with high expectations for women to be

Mobile Miracles

“By being better connected, women feel safer, find employment, start businesses, access banks, learn about market prices and altogether benefit socially and economically.” 
Cherie Blair Global research shows that access to mobile phones can provide new economic