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Haifa Zangana


Haifa Zangana (Baghdad, 1950). Author and activist.

She has published three novels and short stories, among which, City of Widows: an Iraqi woman account of war and resistance, Dreaming of Baghdad and The Torturer in the mirror, the last one together with Ramsy Clark & Thomas Ehrlich Reifer. In arabic, she has edited Party for Thaera; Palestinian women writing life, a collection of non-fictional creative writings by former Palestinian women prisoners.

She is a founding member of International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (IACIS), and co-founder of Tadhamun (Iraqi Women Solidarity). She was an advisor for the UNDP Report Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World (2005). As a consultant for ESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia), she contributed to the Arab Integration report and the Towards Justice in the Arab world report, which was withdrawn by UN general secretary.

Her writings are published regularly by Arab & western media and she is a weekly columnist for Al Quds Al Arabi, and lectures regularly on Iraqi culture and women’s issues. She is the chair of judges of Middle East Monitor Palestine Book Awards.

She currently works with former women political prisoners in Tunisia to write their own experiences as part of transitional justice process.