I Will Move Forward with Closed Fist and Open Mind
From the day I reached Europe, I have been waiting for the chance to write about my dreams, rather than explaining the reason I am here. I have been thinking about why I am never asked to talk about my plans for the future, but instead about the decision my parents made for me to […]
30.08.2022article, human stories
Who Are the Yazidis?
“As an ancient monotheistic religion, Yazidism shares elements with other Middle Eastern traditions [e.g. elements of Islam (Shiism, Sufism); Christianity (Nestorianism); Proto-Indo-Iranian religion; and Kurdish, Judaic, and Gnostic mythologies] but is set apart by its prayer rituals, a belief in reincarnation, and the central role of the Peacock Angel, Tawusi Malek, who is worshiped as […]
I am thirty-four. I lived with my husband and our four children in Sinjar District, Nineveh Province. My husband had a job, we had a car, the children went to school. We lacked for nothing. One day, militants bearing black flags descended on our village. They were soldiers of the so-called Islamic State. Not even […]
“Women, War, and the Dream of Peace”
TED talk by Zainab Salbi
With many accounts of war, we primarily get frontline stories of soldiers and combat. In 2010, at TEDGlobal, Zainab Salbi focused on the crucial “backline” efforts of women seeking to sustain everyday life through periods of conflict. Salbi also emphasized the importance for women to claim their seats at the negotiating table post-conflict.
A crisis with a woman’s face
António Guterres' article marking International Women's Day 2021
As the world marks International Women’s Day in the midst of a global pandemic, one stark fact is clear: the COVID-19 crisis has a woman’s face.
The pandemic is worsening already deep inequalities facing women and girls, erasing years of progress towards gender equality.