Campaigning for women's rights in Iraq

Submitted by Matthew on 24 November, 2011 - 5:41

Emily Muna gives an account of an interview with Houzan Mahmoud of the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq.

When you meet an extraordinary person, it can be in the most mundane of places.

Our interview with Houzan Mahmoud, of the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), a socialist-feminist activist, was carried out in a softly-lit, sleek little café, not far from Hampstead station.

Houzan was born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1973; she is a socialist and campaigner for women’s rights in Kurdistan, Iraq and the Middle East.

In memory of Sardasht Osman

Submitted by AWL on 22 June, 2011 - 5:10

This is a speech by Houzan Mahmoud on behalf of the Freedom Umbrella campaign, at an event in the memory of Sardasht Osman hosted in the UK Parliament 15 June 2011.


I'm speaking in memory of Sardasht Osman and in support of the 62 days of mass uprising violently suppressed by the Kurdistan Regional Government.

On behalf Chatre Azadi, the Freedom Umbrella Kurdish Action Group, I would like to welcome you all and thank you for coming to commemorate Sardasht Osman, who is a symbol of the fight for freedom in Kurdistan.

Attacks on Iraqi unions

Submitted by Matthew on 1 June, 2011 - 10:42

There are escalating attacks on Iraqi union leaders and activists in the Kurdish area of Northern Iraq and in Baghdad.

In Kirkuk, management of the Northern [State-owned] Oil Company, punitively transferred Jamal Abdul-Jabbar, President of the Oil and Gas Union, to a remote location in retaliation after he led a major walkout in defense of contract workers and for better conditions and safe work environment.

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Iraqi oil workers' wildcat strike

Submitted by Matthew on 11 May, 2011 - 12:18

More than 300 Iraqi oil workers have staged a wildcat strike in Basra and demonstrated outside the headquarters of the state-owned Southern Oil Company.

The walkout included workers from oil fields in Basra; from North and South Rumaila, Albirjisya, West of Qurna and Majnoon. Their slogans focused on corruption among company managers. They also demanded the levelling-up of their pay and conditions to the rates of workers employed by foreign oil companies.