Category Archive: Gender and Feminism

Feb 24

A Feminist Perspective of Prostitution

Nask Saeed Sex work, commonly known as prostitution, typically demands a variety of interpretations concerning its meaning. One of the most common definitions that most of us would probably recognise is: ‘legalising and regulating sexual services for income or other material necessities’. Some female writers such as Overall and Alison Jaggar, both of whom use …

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Jan 27

The Populism of the Women’s March in the US

By Houzan Mahmoud In light of Donald Trump’s controversial inauguration as 45th president of the US, women recently organised themselves into a series of marches in order to show their power and political will. As many of us feminists know, institutionalised sexism, patriarchy, warmongering, racism and class division have finally come to the fore and …

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Jan 27

Sahira Ismail gives artistic meaning to women’s domestic craft

On the 27th of August 2016 an exhibition by artist Sahira Ismail entitled ‘a house made of Rags’ was launched. Hosted at the museum of Sulaymania, the exhibition contained fourteen unique abstract works of art typically collage in form and made of different materials such as fabric, synthetic fibre, nails and other types of metal. …

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Dec 30

An interview with Lanja Khawe one of the cofounders of Sofia Girls group.

Lanja Khawe is a lawyer,  23 years old, born in the City of Sulaymani, and is one of the cofounders of the girls-only group ‘Sofia’. In a special interview with Culture Project, Lanja Khawe speaks about her ideas, dreams, and obstacles that both she and the Sofia group have faced making reading books part of …

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Dec 28

Self-writing on art, womanhood, being the “other” here and there

Avan Omar My career as an artist began once I started drawing, and I soon came to understand the importance of my being metamorphosing into some form of physical act. However, working within the confines of my own art atelier in my home, with brush and paint and having my work exhibited every now and …

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Dec 14

To Khanda: A letter about Anfal (Genocide)

Nabaz Samad Written in 2014 Dear Khanda, today (14/4/2014) is the 26th anniversary of the Anfal Campaign (Genocide). In February 1988 the Anfal (meaning ”spoils of war”) campaign as the final solution of the Kurdish question in Iraq was carried out by the toppled dictatorship of Iraq. It was the Ba’ath regime’s vicious attempt for …

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Dec 12

Why do they hurt us?

Lawin Baxtyar For a long time, women’s power, wisdom and talents have been undermined, mocked and depreciated. There is a force that has always stood against women expressing their opinions, their capabilities and their total beauty. In fact, their existence as equal human beings is still not fully accepted in many societies around the world. …

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Dec 11

Call for papers: Gendering the Kurdish Diaspora

CfP Kurdish Migration Conference panel ‘Gendering the Kurdish Diaspora’, abstract (300 words) by the 1st March Gendering the Kurdish Diaspora Panel Convenor:  Houzan Mahmoud The Kurdish diaspora is considered one of the largest stateless peoples of its kind in the world. It is made up of successive waves of displacement and varied experiences both at …

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Dec 10

Murder in the name of ‘honour’

Nask Saeed The concept (or rather cultural practice) of so-called “honour killings” against women has its roots in the belief that women, unlike men, are mere objects and commodities. Indeed, its roots are buried in an idea that women are not – and cannot be – endowed with dignity and rights equal to those of …

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Dec 09

Objectivity and Stereotypes

Zhiwar Jawhar The society in which we live has been shaped by fairy tales and historical, mythical, and religious stories. These fairy tales and stories reinforce stereotypes, and these stereotypes often substantiate and even engender inequality; gender inequality is just one such example. In these sort of stories, the common theme that one often finds …

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Dec 08

Kurdish Language and Sexism

Nabaz Samad There is a strong relationship between thought and language. Spoken and written words are symbols for our thoughts. Language is not merely a tool to communicate with each other in our daily lives, language is, rather, much more. Language relates to our being as human. Because our very being, thoughts and ideas all …

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Dec 08

Culture Project’s female photography project in Duhok Cultural Café

In its efforts to break the normalisation of male dominated public spaces, Culture Project initiated another female photo project, this time in Duhok – a beautiful small town in Iraqi Kurdistan. In the afternoon of Tuesday 6th of December 2016, Diyar Ebdulezîz, a member of the editorial board of Kurdish online magazine, Culture Magazine (a …

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Dec 03

Feminist art presentation at a traditional tea house in Kurdistan

Rozhgar Mustafa is not only an artist, but a feminist and a conceptual artist, whose vision of the world is one in which women are accepted as equal human beings. Through her art she conveys important messages about the status of women in Kurdish society. One of her recent art projects amongst other things, capture …

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Dec 02

Houzan Mahmoud in an interview for Conatus News

Benedict Nicholson from Conatus News, is joined by Houzan Mahmoud to discuss Kurdistan, Syria, and Shariah Houzan is a Kurdish women’s rights and anti-war activist born in Iraqi Kurdistan. Houzan has led an international campaign against Sharia law and oppression of women in Iraq. Her articles have been published in The Guardian and The Independent. …

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Nov 22

What are Masculinities?

By Bakhtiar Rasheed Simone de Beauvoir in a distinguished sentence claims: “one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman” (P. 295). Based on the same analogy one could also say, “Man is not born masculine, but becomes one” – meaning that, as Beynon rightly notes: “if ‘maleness’ is biological, then masculinity is cultural” (Beynon, …

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Nov 20

Culture Project’s Female photo project at the oldest traditional tea house in Kurdistan

Gendering public spaces On the 19th of September 2016, two of us – the cofounders of Culture Project: Houzan Mahmoud and Ismail Hamamin – visited Kurdistan to meet people and find a publishing house to get a deal for publishing our Culture Magazine in the near future. On our trip we met various activists and …

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