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The Kurdish Women's Battle against ISIS in Kobani چاپ ارسال به دوست
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The Kurdish Women's Battle against ISIS in Kobani
Special Presentation by Professor Amir Sharifi

Victory sign from this brave women

The world watched with great anxiety and hopelessness the ISIS-led assault on Kobani from September 13, 2014 through January 27, 2015. Threatened with the genocidal campaigns of ISIS, the world could not help but admire the resilient women fighters whose participation in the struggle helped break the brutal siege of the city.

This special presentation, led by Professor Sharifi, will focus on the personal histories and stories of these Kurdish women fighters. Their lives and stories will be revealed as well as their political struggles and hopes through narrative excerpts, reports, and video clips. These women have transformed their role in society by immersing themselves in this political struggle, thereby taking the first steps toward achieving gender equality.
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٢٥ مين کونفرانسی ناوه ندی ليكولينه وه ژنانی ئیران له مانگی جولای ئه و سال له شارى ئيروانى كاليفورنيا چاپ ارسال به دوست, Los Angeles, California, USA   

 25th Annual Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation (IWSF) Conference

Date: July 11-13, 2014 Place: Barclay Theater (Irvine,

 “Women for Change: Collaboration and Political Participation”

The conference will include paper and poster presentations, workshops, as well as invited talks. Questions to be addressed How women's experience of gender is shaped by socioeconomic status, language, ethnicity, etc.?

How women can or should organize for change?

What role does gender play in leadership?

What are the opportunities, challenges, and effects of women's political participation?

What role can the women's movement play in the political arena of Iran?

What has the role of Iranian women in society and politics been after the revolution?

Specifically, what have the impact of their achievements and challenges been? Who is responsible for gender equality?

How can collaboration within the women's movement increase?

What is the relationship between the women's movement and other movements? (Labor, ethnic and national,etc.)

How can they collaborate? How can women contribute to peace and security?

How are women impacted by lack of security and peace? What does security mean through a gender sensitive lens?


٢٥ مين کونفرانسی ناوه ندی ليكولينه وه و تويژينه وى ژنانی ئیران له مانگی جولای ئه و سال له شارى ئيرواينى کالیفورنیا پێک دێت.

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ناوه ندی لێکوڵینه وه ی ژنانی ئیران ده یه وێت بیست و پێنجمین کۆنفڕانسی خوی دانیت. ئه م کونفرانسه ده رفه تیکی باشه که ژنان له سه ر باسه ته رخان کراوه کان که پێشوتر به پێشنیاری به شداران ده نوسیرێت ببه نه نێو ئه م کونفرانسه. سێ ڕۆژ کۆنفرانس و پرۆگرام ده رفه تێکی باشه بۆ ژنانی نوسه ر ،لێکوله ر ،چالاکوان ، هونه رمه ند و... که یه کتر بناسن و یارمه ت ده ری یه ک بن و له په نای ئه وه شدا پروگرامی هونه ری ، ورک شاپ و گالری ، باس و و ت ویژ داده نریت .

من لیره دا ئه و باسانه ی وا ئه مسال له کونفرانسه که دا به رچاو ئه گیریت ده نوسم. داواش له هاوری کورده کانم ده که م که بو گوراننه وه ی بیر و بروا له سه ر باسه کانی ژیره وه به شداری ئه م کونفرانسه بن.

باسی سه ره کی : ژنان بو گورانکاری ، یارمه تی و به شداری سیاسی
به له به ر چاو گرتنی ئه و باسه سه ره کیه ئیمه ئامانجمان ئه وه یه که ولامی ئه م پرسیارانه بدریته وه:

-چونیه تی کاریگه ری وه زعی ئابوری و کومه لایه تی و زمان ونه ته وه یی و ئتنیک ،  له سه ر پیک هاتنی ئه زمونی ژنان له جینده ر

-به چ شیوازیک ژنان ده توانن گورانکاری هه لسورینن ؟ نیشانه کانی ئه م هه لسوراندنانه چونن؟

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A letter to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed regarding Zainab Jalalian by Soraya Fallah چاپ ارسال به دوست, Los Angeles, California, USA   
A letter to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed regarding Zainab Jalalian by Soraya Fallah
Sunday, July 21, 2013
sorayafallahahmadshahidz.jpgOn Friday July 19, 2013, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed , United Nations Special Rapporteur on Iran was present in Los Angeles to give a lecture at UCLA and meet with concerned Iranians about human rights abuses in Iran.
In one of the meetings, Soraya Fallah, women rights advocate, was present along with other members of human rights groups to submit a few requests related to the situation of Kurdish women in Iran. Soraya prepared an article on the double discrimination Kurdish women face in Iran as a result of both their gender and ethnicity. She requested special attention to legally mandated violence such as honor killing and the lack of investigation in alleged self mutilation cases. She submitted a letter which was signed by many concerned human rights activists and writers on the same topic. 
Soraya also wrote a letter to Dr. Ahmad Shaheed regarding Zainab Jalalian who has been in prison since 2007 and is now on dead row. The letter was as follow:

Concern over the imminent execution of a female Kurdish political prisoner Zainab Jalalian

Honorable Dr. Ahmed Shaheed

I am seeking your support regarding one of the women among the listed Kurdish political prisoners in imminent danger of execution.
Zaynab Jalalian, a 30 years old Kurdish woman, was arrested in Kermanshah in early 2007. She was dispatched to the infamous Sanandaj prison soon after. This is the same prison which bears witness to other Kurdish  execution, and the tragedy of two sisters  Nasrin and Shahla Ka’bi 4 who were violently annihilated.
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Soraya Fallah is 2012 Recipient of the United Nation Association of USA's Global Citizen Award چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Soraya Fallah is 2012 Recipient of the United Nation Association of USA's Global Citizen Award



October 9, 2012

Report by: Cklara Moradian


On Thursday, September 27th 2012, the United Nation Association of USA (UNAUSA) gathered for the 5th West Coast Global Forum at an official luncheon held at the California Endowment Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The purpose of this gathering was to begin a dialogue about the challenges facing our global world, including the increasing population on our planet. The forum's theme was "7 Billion and Counting: Creating a World that Works."

This forum was also a celebration of individuals and organizations that are contributing to the creation of a world that works. Three distinguished individuals were awarded the "Global Citizen Award" as a way to honor their tireless efforts towards improving the health, human rights, and quality of life of people in the local and global community.




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In Memory of Du’a Khalil چاپ ارسال به دوست
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In Memory of Du'a Khalil

April 10, 2012

In a grainy, low-quality video, a dozen men surround a woman curled into the fetal position on the ground and kick and punch her. Hundreds of onlookers fill the village square in Bashika. The beating continues as Du'a Khalil tries to protect her head from the blows. After several minutes, a cinder block is passed through the crowd and a man uses it to smash her head. The incident was reported as an honor killing case. dua02.jpg

"Honor killing" generally refers to acts of violence, usually murder, committed by family members or acquaintances of a woman who has allegedly brought dishonor upon her family.

A woman can be targeted by individuals within her family or her tribe, village and kinsmen for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to: refusing to enter into an  arranged marriage, being the victim of sexual assault, seeking a divorce - even from an abusive husband - or (allegedly) committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that "dishonors" her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life. 

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HRW urges Iraqi Kurds to ban female circumcision چاپ ارسال به دوست, Los Angeles, California, USA   

HRW urges Iraqi Kurds to ban female circumcision

The Associated Press
Wednesday, June 16, 2010; 12:19 PM


hrw_kwgm_610.jpgSULAIMANIYAH, Iraq -- Human Rights Watch called on Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq to ban the practice of female genital mutilation, and said in a report released Wednesday that the majority of women in the self-ruled region undergo the medically risky and emotionally painful procedure.

The New York-based group said the new Kurdish government, which was elected in July 2009, failed to take steps to ban the practice. Initial efforts on the issue stalled under the former regional government, which also failed to make it a priority because of the culturally sensitive nature of the practice.

Female genital mutilation involves the removal of a girl's clitoris and sometimes also other genital parts, usually shortly after birth or at a young age. Critics say it can lead to painful sexual intercourse, complications in childbirth and eliminates any pleasure for women during sex.

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