International Women’s Conference, Iraq 2011-2013

2011  2012   2013

1st International Women’s Conference 2011

ArtRole organised the first International Women’s Conference, Iraq, ‘Women in Action’ – a 3 day International Conference from 25-27 November 2011. This International event and public participatory programme comprised a symposium, workshops, presentations and an exhibition of contemporary art by female Iraqi artists including performance, installation, video, film, photography, painting and sculpture.  The exhibition also featured handicrafts made by women in disadvantaged circumstances – women living in shelters or prison and women attending centres for the disabled.

2nd International Women’s Conference, Iraq 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.

3rd International Women’s Conference, Iraq 2013

The 3rd ArtRole 3rd International Women’s Conference – Iraq, was hosted int he cities of Erbil, Sulaymania and Kirkuk. This year the conference included a theatre collaboration between an American playwright, Catherine Filloux and a Kurdish theatre director employing actors from across Iraq. There was also a symposium, presentations and discussions between international guests and local delegates. There was a photography exhibition of work by women artists and an international film screening of FGM: The film that Changed the Law in Kurdistan.