New Publication:Research Study on Status of Kurdish Women in Iran A Holistic Approach

Dr. Soraya Fallah new peer reviewed chapter book just got published in the following book:
Women in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations
S. Behnaz Hosseini (Ed.)
An Anthology of Cases from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Other Countries

Dr. Soraya Fallah, Doctor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
Edited by: Dr. Bronte H. Reynolds, Faculty California Lutheran University (CLU)
Endless thanks to Dr. Reynolds for his priceless support 

Please read it via Page 53-93

The purpose of this research article is twofold. First, it provides an overview of the situation of Kurdish women in Iran by focusing on their participation in civil and political movements following the 1979 revolution and it fills gaps in women and gender study literature on Kurdish women in Iran. The situation for Kurdish women in Iran is in particularly unjust. Not only do these women suffer from discriminatory laws due to their gender, but they also suffer from regional poverty, the regime’s policies against ethnic minorities, militarization, and the overall instability of the Kurdish region. An Iranian Kurdish woman not only has to deal with gender discriminatory law, but she must deal with discrimination toward an ethnic minority. Kurdish Women in Iran have never been the decision makers in politics and the creation of national laws, and they have never held key governmental positions. Discriminatory laws have always affected their lives. In order to attain the primary objective of this research the researcher utilizes exploratory and descriptive methodology. This research provides readers with a better understanding of the situation of Kurdish women in Iran and the problems surrounding them.  The significance of this study is that there is a need to draw attention to the unique situation of Kurdish women in Iran. This descriptive study will not only draw attention to this understudied situation, but it also creates a foundation for future primary databased research on what is currently happening in Iran regarding Kurdish women, what they think and experience. Having that information will enable interested researchers and activists to eventually craft training programs designed to better support the Kurdish women who suffer from double and triple jeopardy. The main questions raised in this paper emphasize the role of Kurdish women in society, their key characteristics, their movement within Kurdish culture, and their intense value of their change process. This study provides a baseline for future quantitative and qualitative studies.
Keywords: Kurdish Women; Political participation; Rojhelat, Intersectionality, 
Activism, Ethnocide
Women in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations
S. Behnaz Hosseini (Ed.)
An Anthology of Cases from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Other Countries
ReiheKonfrontation und Kooperation im Vorderen Orient
Bd. 18, 2019, 188 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-91120-9

This collected volume focuses on women's suffering and the conditions of their societies during conflict and post-conflict situations in Iraq, Iran, Syria and other countries. The contributions examine and explore not only general narratives but also various specific aspects of the conflict and post-conflict situations in relation to the roles and statuses of these women, with a number of scholars reflecting on topics from various disciplines and key areas such as the Middle East. This collection also includes some articles on the suffering of women outside of the Middle East, thus illustrating the similarity of some general issues women have to face throughout the world.

Behnaz Hosseini is a researcher in religious minorities and gender in the Middle East at the university of Vienna.



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