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Iraqi women at IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums

Ten years after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Iraqi women are to take centre stage at IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums in Manchester.

An activist, a musical director and a film maker will be describing how they, like many other Iraqi women, had to fight to reinvent their lives in the face of conflict and suffering- and how much more needs to be done to make women’s rights a reality in Iraq.


The event, Through the lens, Iraqi women, power and resistance, will take place at IWM North on Thursday 7th March from 6pm until 8:30pm.


On the panel:

●      Houzan Mahmood, Kurdish activist and spokesperson of the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq;

●      Zuhal Sultan, pianist and founder of the first youth orchestra of Iraq;

●      Eugenie Dolberg, artist who, through her work, has enabled Iraqi women to record their own perspective of the conflict.


The three women will share their own experiences after a unique advance preview of Iraq: Photographs by Sean Smith, award winning photographer for The Guardian, with images from before, during and after the Iraq War 2003. Visitors wishing to view this new display before the event should arrive from 5pm.


The debate is brought to IWM North by The Abundance Lab, a Manchester based organisation that brings together debate and empowerment for women in the view to create abundance of opportunity.

The Abundance Lab Director, Eve Sadler, says: “Ten years on after the invasion of Iraq, and on the eve of International women’s day, we felt it was important to celebrate the struggle and the achievements of Iraqi women. Every day for the past ten years, women in Iraq have used their resilience to overcome the most difficult challenges and bring positive change.  This is what The Abundance Lab is about- enabling women to share learning, opportunities and the abundance of their skills with each other”.

Admission free, booking is essential. To guarantee a place book via or 0161 836 4000


For more information see or or call event organiser Serena Tramonti on 0785 005 7065.




Notes to the Editor

For more information, please contact Serena Tramonti, The Abundance Lab media officer on 07850057065 @abundancelab


The speakers


Zuhal Sultan is available for interviews on 7thMarch

Housan Mahmood is available for interviews on 7thMarch – afternoon



Prior to the event, from 5pm, you will also get a unique advance preview of

Iraq: Photographs by Sean Smith, at IWM North. The new display by The Guardian newspaper’s award-winning war photographer reveals the collision of two worlds where civilians and military personal were forced to coexist, containing images on display for the first time alongside Smith’s award winning photography from before, during and after the Iraq War 2003.


During the event also will be showcased:

●     A special showing of Al-Mutanabbi Street: A Reaction, using IWM North’s award-winning 360-degree Big Picture Show, about the bombing of a book market in Baghdad.

●     The chilling wreckage of a car destroyed in the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street, brought to IWM North by by Turner-Prize winning British artist Jeremy Deller.


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