March 8, the International Day of Women, is a day to protest against the status quo and for standing against inequality, discrimination, subjugation and depriving women of their rights worldwide.
We celebrate Iraqi and Kurdish refugee women, who have been forced to leave their country and risk their lives and the lives of their children in pursuit of a better and safer life. Unfortunately the same issues of patriarchal culture, religion and nationalism that face Iraqi and Kurdish women in Iraq and Kurdistan, are still experienced by women in Europe. This consequently means that life remains the same for many refugee women.
Many refugee women have sought help from The Federation of Iraqi Refugees (FIR) to protect them from the patriarchal culture and honour violence. Fortunately, FIR has been able to provide help and advice, including access to legal advice, to enable refugee women to start a new life.
Long live the 8 of March the International Day of Women
Federation of Iraqi Refugees-FIR