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Dr. Bêrîvan Dosky; VOKRadio interview چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Dr. Bêrîvan Dosky; VOKRadio interview

Interviews with Kurdish Writers Series

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March 29, 2018
Exclusive; VOKRadio, Los Angeles

In observance and honor of International Women's Day/Month, Voice of Kurdish American Radio for Democracy, Peace, and Freedom, from the U.S, in collaboration with the organization World Women for Life (WWFL), conducted interviews with women identified writers from Kurdish decent. In this series, we learn about the lives and work of these talented writers, as they share with us the inspiration behind their work and contribute their insightful wisdom on working as Kurdish writers in today's world.

In these interviews, we learn about the writer's backgrounds, interests, their role models, motivations, the role of mother tongue and relationship to other languages, as well as their take on feminism in their writing, experiences of gender-based discrimination, and misogyny.
These writers work in diverse fields and span different genres of writing. Some are accomplished authors of novels, while others work in journalism, poetry, and non-fiction.

 

Please introduce yourself the way you would like to be introduced to our audience.

 Dr. Berivan Dosky, Co-President of Kurdish PEN centr، one of the International PEN's active center.

Please introduce your books or any published work that you may have.  

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Gian Sardar; VOKRadio interview. Interviews with Kurdish Writers Series چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Gian Sardar; VOKRadio interview

Interviews with Kurdish Writers Series

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March 26, 2018
Exclusive; VOKRadio, Los Angeles

In observance and honor of International Women's Day/Month, Voice of Kurdish American Radio for Democracy, Peace, and Freedom, from the U.S, in collaboration with the organization World Women for Life (WWFL), conducted interviews with women identified writers from Kurdish decent. In this series, we learn about the lives and work of these talented writers, as they share with us the inspiration behind their work and contribute their insightful wisdom on working as Kurdish writers in today's world.

In these interviews, we learn about the writer's backgrounds, interests, their role models, motivations, the role of mother tongue and relationship to other languages, as well as their take on feminism in their writing, experiences of gender-based discrimination, and misogyny.

These writers work in diverse fields and span different genres of writing. Some are accomplished authors of novels, while others work in journalism, poetry, and non-fiction.

Please introduce yourself the way you would like to be introduced to our audience.

My name is Gian Sardar and I'm an American author of Kurdish/Belgian descent. My father is from Kurdistan of Iraq.
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"Women in Diplomacy", recognized seven women for their leadership & outstanding commitment to the چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

"Women in Diplomacy", recognized seven women for their leadership and outstanding commitment to the elevation of women

By: Adrianne A.

March 21, 2018

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International Women's Day brings many celebration, speeches, and activities throughout the world in March. This year one of the highlighted events was in Southern California; International Women in Diplomacy. This prestigious Women's Day Celebration and luncheon was hosted in the Women's City Club of Pasadena- Los Angeles County on Thu, March 8, 2018. This event incorporated several talented guest speakers from around the world.

 

Attendees were mostly Consul generals, members of the Consular Corps, male and females, prominent scholars, businesses, initiatives, and government and non-government organizations. In addition, there was a highly diversified crowd which also included representatives from the Office of Foreign Mission, The Mayor's office and many other organizations. Guest speakers shared their challenges and experiences in diplomacy. Some of them mostly covered women's issues, Human Trafficking, violence and the condition of women in rural areas. Guest speakers also highlighted women's strength and their role in Empowerment, Peace-building, International Networking and Diplomacy Acquirement.
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Dr. Kajal Rahmani; VOKRadio interview چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Dr. Kajal Rahmani; VOKRadio interview

Interviews with Kurdish Writers Series

 

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March 9, 2018
Exclusive; VOKRadio, Los Angeles

In observance and honor of International Women's Day/Month, Voice of Kurdish American Radio for Democracy, Peace, and Freedom, from the U.S, in collaboration with the organization World Women for Life (WWFL), conducted interviews with women identified writers from Kurdish decent. In this series, we learn about the lives and work of these talented writers, as they share with us the inspiration behind their work and contribute their insightful wisdom on working as Kurdish writers in today's world. In these interviews, we learn about the writer's backgrounds, interests, their role models, motivations, the role of mother tongue and relationship to other languages, as well as their take on feminism in their writing, experiences of gender-based discrimination, and misogyny.

These writers work in diverse fields and span different genres of writing. Some are accomplished authors of novels, while others work in journalism, poetry, and non-fiction.

Please introduce yourself the way you would like to be introduced to our audience but with a specific focus on your interests in writing.

My name is Kajal, born and grew up in Roj-halat Kurdistan Province. I began my early education in primary and high school in my hometown. There was no college in town so, I married and moved out of Kurdistan. I continued my education in Ahwaz at the time when I had two small children. Later, I continued my education in the US and received my Ph.D. in 1986.

I am a social-cultural anthropologist with the specialty in Mesopotamia including Kurdistan. I have been teacher and lecturer at the US-colleges and universities for most of my life. The last decade I have been with Anthropology Department at Boston University and Harvard University as faculty --a senior research fellow at Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, and now I am retired. I am a mother, a grandmother of five and live in Boston.

Also, I am director of Kurdistan Justice and peace Academy established in 1998. The KJPA/I mission is to provide modern education to Kurdistan. Since 2012 KJPA has helped with health and welfare of Kurdish refugees from Syria. KJPA has organized campaigns for US-based humanitarian groups to come to Kurdistan Bashour. Among the charity groups -the LDS Charity has helped with education -offering free courses in English, Economy, marketing, training physicians for laser surgery at Duhok Hospital and they have contributed to building a chicken farm for Ezdis in Sinjar etc. Overall, they have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars of medicine, clothing, and other life necessities to refugees in various projects in camps in Duhok, Sinjar, and Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

Our Mottos at KJPA are;

No Kurds should be left without education.
Education in mother tongue is a Human Right.
Peace cannot be accomplished without Justice.
Justice cannot be accomplished in Kurdistan without freedom and self-determination
Freedom and pursuit of happiness is a human right

Furthermore, I am activist and a lecturer and have delivered many conscious raising talks to publicize the Kurdish cause. I have traveled to Kurdistan on several occasions since 2005. My purpose was just to reorient myself to my identity. Professionally, I have found all parts of Kurdistan very fascinating and as one of my colleagues at Harvard anthropology department said, "Kurdistan is a gold mine for archaeological research." So, I fell in love with my motherland. I continue to work on a few projects to this day.

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Hanna Jaff Bosdet; VOKRadio interview چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Hanna Jaff Bosdet; VOKRadio interview

Interviews with Kurdish Writers Series 

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March 1, 2018
Exclusive; VOKRadio, Los Angeles

In observance and honor of International Women's Day/Month, Voice of Kurdish American Radio for Democracy, Peace, and Freedom, from the U.S, in collaboration with the organization World Women for Life (WWFL), conducted interviews with women identified writers from Kurdish decent. In this series, we learn about the lives and work of these talented writers, as they share with us the inspiration behind their work and contribute their insightful wisdom on working as Kurdish writers in today's world. In these interviews, we learn about the writer's backgrounds, interests, their role models, motivations, the role of mother tongue and relationship to other languages, as well as their take on feminism in their writing, experiences of gender-based discrimination, and misogyny.

These writers work in diverse fields and span different genres of writing. Some are accomplished authors of novels, while others work in journalism, poetry, and non-fiction.

Please introduce yourself the way you would like to be introduced to our audience but with a specific focus on your interests in writing.

My name is Hanna Jaff Bosdet-a philanthropist, human rights activist, conference speaker and author. I have also authored three self-taught English books. I founded the Jaff Foundation for Education with the purpose to teach English through my self-taught English books. Till today, we have donated more than 25,000 English learning books to refugee camps and orphanages in India and Iraq.


Please introduce your book/books or any published work that you may have. What are they about, whose voices do you center in your work? Who are the heroes of your books, and how do these related to your personal life?

I have authored three self-taught English books; English manual for Spanish speakers, English manual for Kurdish speakers, and English and Spanish manual for Purépecha speakers. They are related to my life because knowing English has helped me compete with others in fulfilling my goals, and having an advantage in my career choices.


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What is the Future for Kurdish Women چاپ ارسال به دوست
Ghomri Rostampour   

What is the Future for Kurdish Women?

 
Disclaimer:The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of the official opinion of the VOKRadio. 
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By: Ghomri Rostampour

 
November 29, 2017 


 The impact of patriarchy will damage women's character and society in two specific areas: The first aspect of patriarchy is the dominance of male over female. The second is the dominance that elders impose upon the younger generation. For Kurdish women, not only "patriarchy" but also state, religious, tradition and gender discrimination have further damaged and eroded their identity. This study focuses on the future of Kurdish women and the recovery from this. Brief references to the geography of Kurdistan and the history of cultural uprisings can help to understand these arguments better.

Kurdistan is one of the most ancient areas in the Middle East. Unfortunately, Kurdistan was separated from the other societies by colonial intrigue, genocide, and ignorance of the past governments. Kurds before Islam and after Islam had many uprisings: The first Kurd, Amir Badr Khan, ascended to power in 1821. He would not submit to current Ottoman's Amir. He established the properties of a kingdom, and among those he set forth were minting currency and reading sermons of his accomplishments. He extended his territory from East into the depths of the borders of Iran and from West to Mesopotamia. He occupied the Christian territories in 1843. In 1846 he attempted to attack the Christians, which had deadly consequences for him. In August 1848, he surrendered himself to Osman Pasha. At the end of his life, he was exiled to the island of Crete and Damascus, where he died in 1870.
 
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