OWFI Statement

The need to create safe houses for women in the cities liberated from ISIS The ISIS invasion to the Iraqi cities have caused much misery as a result of massacres and executions. In the same time it devastated lives of women who were forced into marriages, raped into pregnancies, many of whom gave birth to …

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OWFI held the founding event of organizing a Black-Iraqi Women’s gathering on 16th of February

OWFI held the founding event of organizing a Black-Iraqi Women’s gathering on 16th of February, led by Alia Ali (5th from left). Alia championed running our shelter for Black-Iraqi women in Baghdad successfully for the last 2 years. It is time for Alia and the Sisters in Iraq to defend their rights to dignity and …

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Shelter for Young Yazidi Victims of ISIS Now Open

We have recently opened a shelter for Yazidi women and girls who have escaped slavery by ISIS. OWFI activists rented a house, furnished it, and conducted many planning and training sessions with our new activists there. I met with five ISIS survivors, mostly under 20 years old, and spoke words of support and apologized for …

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The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq

Dear Friend,  The horrors facing the women of Iraq continue unabated. Recently, three strong OWFI activists, Dalal, Ahlam, and Majid, travelled to the village of Rbaidha, just across the unofficial border from ISIS-held Hawija. They had heard of the arrival of a number of women who had escaped the ISIS controlled area, and wanted to check …

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OWFI condemns the terrorist Islamist ISIS attacks in Paris

The 2003 occupation of Iraq developed a second generation of Al Qaedas who can only be described as human beasts, with no consideration to human life, female dignity, or children’s right to safety or innocence. Our hearts go to the French victims’ families who begin to share our dilemma of dealing with Islamist terrorism. The …

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Finding a Path Back to Iraq, and Toward Securing Women’s Freedom

UNITED NATIONS — YANAR MOHAMMED runs a secret network of safe houses in her native Iraq. The women who come through its doors are honor­killing runaways, rape survivors, war widows and assorted others who have been to the cliff edge of hell and back. The shelters are meant to give them a second chance in …

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Yanar Mohammed is the co-founder of the Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (Video)

ONE BILLION RISING, AFRICAN AMERICAN POLICY FORUM, and the CENTER FOR INTERSECTIONALITY AND SOCIAL POLICY STUDIES (CISPS) AT COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL presents: BODIES OF REVOLUTION: WOMEN RISE AGAINST THE VIOLENCE OF POLICE, STATES & EMPIRE       Moderated by Laura Flanders (The Laura Flanders Show) and Featuring: Fartuun Adan SOMALIA Suad Amiry PALESTINE Kimberle Williams Crenshaw USA Eve …

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Yanar Mohammed OWFI’s president testimony at the United Nations.

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Lifting the ban on women’s shelters in Iraq: promoting change in conflict

There is a crisis-level need for shelter in Iraq, so why does the Iraqi government maintain a policy that stymies critically needed temporary housing and threatens the safety of those willing to provide it? With the ISIS invasion and ensuing crisis displacing over four million people and leaving over eight million in need of humanitarian …

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Iraq’s Female Citizens: Prisoners of War

Iraqi woman human rights defender Yanar Mohammed spoke to Jennifer Allsopp at the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference about grassroots responses to the atrocities women are facing under ISIS. On the second day of the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference on building global support for women human rights defenders, the 100 participants delivered a sobering and urgent …

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Iraqi Activist Describes “Massacres Left and Right” as Civil Society Resists Takeover by ISIS

As Yanar Mohammed, co-founder and the director of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, attends the Women Stop War conference in The Hague, she describes the current situation in Iraq. “The country is under a prevailing culture of militias, which have the upper hand. … They say, ’It’s either us or ISIS.’” Mohammed says …

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Security is not just CCTV: valuing ourselves is security

It feels as if the entire world has been given over to the most perverse notions of ‘safety’  that are really about death and destruction, cruelty and conflict, grandiosity and greed. Marion Bowman reports from the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference in the Netherlands.   It was a classic image of protectiveness. The figure of a …

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Islamic State and the changing rights of Yazidi women

Rachel Browne on the future faced by Yazidi women recently released from Islamic State captivity. After a violent takeover of Yazidi villages in northern Iraq in October 2014, Islamic State proudly declared in its online magazine Dabiq that its fighters had captured and enslaved Yazidis as “spoils of war.” “This large-scale enslavement . . . is probably …

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Women Confronting ISIS: Local Strategies and States’ Responsibilities (Video)

Symposium at City University of New York- School of Law   Friday, March 6, 2015   This Symposium offers a unique and timely opportunity to engage with locally-based Iraqi and Syrian women activists working across sectarian lines, as well as international experts to address the crisis of women’s human rights in areas controlled by the Islamic State of …

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