Who will condemn the sexual enslavement of Iraq’s minority women?

Slavery and rape are being used as weapons of war by Isis against Yazidi and Christian women, yet rights activists are silent Evidence that women belonging to the Yazidi and Christian religious minorities in Iraq are being raped and sold into slavery by the Islamic State (Isis) is mounting. One of the first to speak out was Vian Dakheel, the only Yazidi female MP who addressed the Iraqi parliament last week, despite the speaker telling her to be quiet and stick to the agreed statement. Read the rest of this entry »

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ISIS is no-one’s representative, 15 July 2014

ISIS is no-one’s representative
Bread and Roses, 15 July 2014
With Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush.
Interview with Houzan Mahmoud, Spokesperson of Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq.
Director: Reza Moradi. Programme Consultant: Poone Ravi.

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AskYanar: Your Chance to Connect with an Iraqi Women’s Rights Activist

AGAINSTwomenVERTICAL_Final1Since the beginning of the crisis in Iraq, our partner Yanar Mohammed, President of Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), has provided us with on-the-ground accounts of the hardships and danger Iraqi women and families are facing. Now, we want to give you the opportunity to pose your questions to her.

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The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes: Post-show Discussions

ima8gesThe producers of The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes are proud to present a series of discussions at the Arcola Theatre focusing on the issues surrounding the play and its international context. These informative and informal panels will be open to anyone who has booked a ticket to see the show at any point during the run on a first-come, first-served basis. The discussions will begin ten minutes after the end of the play that evening. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iraq: International Solidarity Critical at This Time of Crisis

By Laura Raymond, Advocacy Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights

“I would like to recall the first US war in Iraq, in ’91 at 2:30 a.m. when those bombs went down and they devastated our reality forever.” – Yanar Mohammed, testifying at the Right to Heal People’s Hearing, March 26, 2014.

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Militants Sweep towards Baghdad: Women’s Rights Groups Mobilize

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–June 12, 2014.  In the past 48 hours, militants have seized control of cities across northern Iraq, including Mosul, the country’s second largest city. Led by the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the insurgents’ rapid advance is raising fears of an all-out civil war as they move south towards Baghdad. The approach of this armed offensive is escalating sectarian tensions and the threat of violence even in areas beyond insurgents’ control.

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In Iraq, humanitarian crisis called ‘epic’

Among most traumatized are women and children, drawn into a new humanitarian crisis — the most severe in living memory for its swiftness and intensity.

When a savage Islamic insurgency hit Mosul like a sudden summer storm on June 10, the northern Iraqi town was caught unawares. Read the rest of this entry »

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Statement by the European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI

European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI  and MENA partners,  among them women’s rights organizations from Iraq and  Kurdistan  Region,  are working together to advocate in the Euro-Mediterranean political space for the values of equality between women and men and the demand for the recognition and implementation of women’s fundamental right to full citizenship. Read the rest of this entry »

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On the Occupation of Mosul and the Cities of Western Iraq

The Iraqi society is suffering unprecedented crisis that threatens the future of peaceful co-existence of citizens, and augments genocides and civil conflicts based on the sectarian identities that were established on the Iraqi population, and were strengthened throughout more than a decade of the American occupation to Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

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International Women’s Day Statement

10146808_10152270838314512_670049964_oMale, Class, and Sectarian Oppression are Strengthened Through Exploiting and Subjugating Us

Eleven years of violence in Iraq have resulted in the escalation of a sectarian, authoritarian, backward, and oppressive rule; these years led to the creation of a dictatorial power that violently opposes any actions for liberation and egalitarian demands; an authoritarian dictatorship that is ready to commit all types of crimes and violations Read the rest of this entry »

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The Iraq War’s Real Legacy

JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: On a planned presidential trip to the E.U. headquarters, it was supposed to be all handshakes and photo ops about a new trade deal. But instead, President Obama, in his speech before the E.U., took to defending the United States’ decision to invade Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

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A People’s Hearing


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