The FiLiA Feminist Book Club will be discussing Kurdish Women’s Stories by Houzan Mahmoud on 10 May 2021, beginning at 6pm GMT.

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“I am exceptionally delighted to present these stories to readers. I feel I have managed to put the pieces together, to create an image, a moment, a memory or just even a glimpse of who we are and could be as Kurdish women.”

Going beyond exoticising stereotypes and patriarchal representations, Kurdish Women’s Stories gives twenty-four women authorial freedom to write about their own lived experiences. With contributors ranging from 20 to 70 years of age, we hear stories of imprisonment, exile, disappearances of loved ones, gender-based violence, uprisings, feminist activism and armed resistance, including first-hand accounts of political moments from the 1960s to today.

Houzan Mahmoud is a Kurdish feminist, writer and anti-war activist born in South Kurdistan. She was one of the speakers at the anti-war rally in March 2003 in London and is the co-founder of the Culture Project, a platform for Kurdish feminists, writers and activists.
Conceived as part of Culture Project’s self-writing program, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand the struggle of Kurdish women through their own words.

The Feminist Book Club is part of the FiLiA Legacy Project.