Category Archive: Activities

Iraqi Human Rights Activists Protesting for Democracy Are Sexually Assaulted and Beaten

June 10, 2011 – New York, NY – Today, MADRE learned that pro-democracy activists who gathered in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square were brutally attacked by un-uniformed forces. MADRE’s Iraqi partner group, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), states that activists who gathered in the square to continue their weeks of protests for democracy, jobs …

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The Iraqi government detains and tortures peaceful demonstrators from Tahrir Square

In today’s demonstration of Tahrir square, the youth marched towards the bridge in order to cross to the Green Zone, and chanted the slogan of ‘Ousting the System’. The security forces – under the “General Commander of Armed Forces” Mr. Nouri Al Miliki gave orders to detain and torture all the organizers of the demonstration. …

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The Day of Iraqi Rage

Last Friday, February 25, was a historic day in Iraq. The revolution earthquakes in Egypt, Tunisia, and Lybia sent shockwaves in our direction. The main squares of most Iraqi cities were filled with protestors raising same demands of providing electricity, employment, an end to governmental corruption, and a plea for general freedoms.

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Brutalised for Western profit

Iraqi activist Houzan Mahmoud is too young to remember the 1963 CIA-backed coup against Abdel Karim Kassem.  Five years earlier General Kassem had ousted the Western-allied Iraqi monarchy and retrieved land and oil from the British-owned Iraq Petroleum Company.

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War forces Iraqi mom into prostitution

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — Wedad can’t bear to live this way much longer. Disgusted by the work, she can hardly stand it. Wedad is a prostitute in Iraq. Sectarian violence claimed the life of her husband three years ago. Unable to rely on her family, Wedad tried getting a job to support her three young …

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OWFI pressures the legislators into a draft law against Trafficking of Women and Girls

After two years of fact-finding and months of lobbying over local and regional televisions, newspapers, websites and radios, OWFI’s activism receive the first results: the legislators have forwadrded a draft law against trafficking of women and girls. 

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The Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq participated in the women’s march to Reclaim The Night in central London.

On Saturday the 25th November 2006 more than one thousand women took to the streets of London to mark the International Day to End Violence Against Women, and march for their right to walk in the streets at night without fear of rape and sexual harassment.

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The Price of Freedom an article by Houzan Mahmoud on the Iraq death tool in The Guardian’s Comment is Free:

Activist Houzan Mahmoud finds inspiration by going to visit historic buildings. I have been a women’s rights activist for a long time – but what with being a mother of a daughter aged seven and a political refugee from Iraq, my life is not like everyone else’s.

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A statement by organization of Women’s freedom in Iraq – abroad representative on International Women’s Day (8 March)

Make it a day to say No! To Islamic Sharia law in Iraq!  For secularism, equality and freedom! The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) sends its greetings for this historic day to women activists all over the world. For centuries women have been struggling for their rights and for equality and liberation in …

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GREEN EURO MP: RIGHTS OF IRAQI WOMEN MUST BE DEFENDED

The elections in Iraq may be seen by some as a step forward, but the jury’s out on whether this is good news for women. London’s Green MEP, Jean Lambert has called for action to end the atrocities, and support women struggling to overcome oppression.

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Yanar Mohammed in the World Social Forum in Venzeuella

Caracas, January 25, 2006 – Sixth World Social Forum: Today, the activity organized by the Marcosur Feminist Articulation (AFM) entitled “From victims to resisting people. Your mouth is fundamental against fundamentalisms” was carried out before some 50 people – most of them women – who managed to overcome the vagueness of information within the Sixth …

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Houzan Mahmoud in media on the so called elections and the political situation in Iraq

Houzan Mahmoud is continuously been interviewed by various media outlets about her organisations opposition to the so called elections and the current political situation in Iraq, the women’s rights and violation of human rights in Iraq.  In her answer’s Houzan made sure to expose the current sham elections and its empty meaning politically in Iraq, …

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