CGDS Facilitates a Series of Poetry Workshops for Men

In late August and early September 2022, the Center for Gender and Development Studies conducted three poetry writing workshops as part of its Masculinity, Violence, and Prevention project. CGDS Director, Dr. Choman Hardi, led the workshops at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) and University of Halabja (UOH). The workshops included a discussion of writing by Iraqi and Kurdish poets followed by writing prompt to explore, understand, question, and challenge the concept of masculinity in the region. The workshop participants included professional and aspiring male writers who are willing to express themselves through poetry. Similar workshops will be conducted in Chwarqurna, Kalar and Chamchamal. These activities are part of the Gender, Justice and Security Hub, supported by the UK Research and Innovation's Global Challenges Research Fund, in collaboration with London School of Economics and Political Science.