2nd International Women’s Conference, Iraq 2012

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6-11 November 2012
This 2nd conference examined and explored issues of women’s rights through arts, culture and education. The programme brought Iraqi and international female artists, activists and academics together to discuss the possibilities of how culture can address the particular issues, challenges and strengths of women in Iraq.

The conference activities and public participatory programme included a symposium, workshops, presentations and a photography exhibition by Iraqi female and performance, film, and theatre Play Wak qaqnaz asoteam directed by Gaziza Omer and female actors. The exhibition also featured handicrafts made by women in disadvantaged circumstances, women living in shelters or prison and women attending centres for the disabled.

The activities took place in Sulaymania, Erbil and Halabja.


Iraqi film screening:

Hanar Frahad,  Goezan
Hawar Sharef,  Sea Flower
Jowan Said,  Xwncha
Suzan Sharafani,Renge Jine
Vian Maee, White Dove
Sura Abbas,Dance of an Era

Artist presentation by painter and sculptor Kinanah Alkoud, Damascus, Syria, Despite the situation in Syria, Kinanah continues to work as an active artist. She  talked about her work and personal experiences during this difficult time.

International & Local speakers:

Heidi Merk; A former Minister of Justice and European Affairs in Lower Saxony and Chair of the Board of Directors of ETTC, European Technology & Training Centre, International NGO. Germany
Sarah Cameron Sunde; Director working in theater and interdisciplinary contemporary performance, and translator producer and the Deputy Artistic Director of New Georges,  USA
Midya Gaddo; Journalist, writer and women rights activist, Syria
Shuruq Harb; Artist and curator, Ramallah, Palestine
Dr. Dalia Basioun; An Egyptian writer, theatre artist and academic, Egypt
Helia Darabi; Art critic and freelance curator. Tehran, Iran
Yvonne van der Bijl; Photographer Publisher, performer and visual artist, Netherlands