CGDS Announces the Third of Three Installments on Women and Education in Iraq

On 25 May 2022, Manara Magazine published the final installment of the three-part series, “‘With Education You Can Face Every Struggle’: Gendered Higher Education in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.” This third part of the series, titled “The Gender Problem,” was co-authored by Dr. Choman Hardi, CGDS Founder and Director, and Dr. Lynn Rose, CGDS Director of Disability Studies. While outlining the challenges of teaching gender studies in Kurdish higher education institutions, the piece closes on an optimistic note: “Universities have served as the catalysts and centers of social and political change historically and worldwide, and there is no reason why this should not be the case in Iraq. Perhaps the most profound impetus for universities as loci of gender equity in Kurdistan, at least theoretically, has come through the August 2018 decreed by the KRG Ministry of Higher Education.” Manara Magazine is published by the Cambridge MANAF (Middle East and North Africa Forum.) The article can be found here: and the entire series, here:

Image description: The top range of the photo consists of three lines of text. Manara is in upper-case black font except for the final A, which is in red. Below, the word magazine in in black lower-case font, and below and to the right the magazine’s title in in Arabic.  On the lower left are three lines in black font reading Published by the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF) in Cambridge, England.