TADHAMUN تـضـامـن

Tadhamun (solidarity) is an Iraqi women organization, standing by Iraqi women's struggle against sectarian politics in Iraq. Fighting for equal citizenship across ethnicities and religions, for human rights, and gender equality.

جمعية تضامن تدعم المساواة في المواطنة بغض النظر عن الأنتماء الأثني أو الديني وتسعى من أجل العدالة الأجتماعية و حماية حقوق الأنسان في العراق
Petition sign and circulate:

Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves

بعيدا عن الوطن؛ حراك التضامن مع الوطن فنا، شعرا وكتابةً
Away from Home; Memory, Art and women solidarity: you are invited to an evening of poetry and music 22/3/2017 18:30 at P21 Gallery London click here for more details
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Public meeting at The Bolivar Hall, London Sat.14/5/2016 at 15:00 IDPs : Fragmentation of Cultural and National Identity



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Protest the suffering of Iraqi Christians: No to terrorism No to state terrorism.Hands off our minorities. Hands off our people. Shame on the human rights violators on all sides. Assemble 11:30 on 28/7/14 near Parliament Square, near Westminister tube station London. For more past events click here

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Halt All Executions! Abolish The Death Penalty!

We women of Tadhamun condemn the persisting practice of arbitrary arrests by the Iraqi security forces. We condemn their arrests of women in lieu of their men folk. These are 'inherited' practices. We are alarmed by credible media reports of the Green Zone government’s intentions of executing hundreds of Iraqi men and women.


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Professor Zaineb Al Bahrani of Columbia University NY speaking at a our meeting on the destruction/damage to historical sites in Iraq

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Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Iraq, interrupted

The Daily News - Egypt
By Kate DanniesFirst Published: February 27, 2009


Iraqi writer and artist Haifa Zangana.


CAIRO: Haifa Zangana remembers a time before war, sanctions and occupation, when Baghdad was a vibrant Arab capital. In those days, Iraq had a flourishing civil society, an empowered female population and big plans for translating the country’s vast oil wealth into economic and social progress.
Zangana, a noted writer and artist, and currently a distinguished visiting professor in the department of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo, spoke about her country’s past, present and future during a lecture entitled “Iraqi Women and the ‘New Iraq’” at Oriental Hall last week.
Author of a number of books and a frequent contributor to publications including the Guardian, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat and Al-Ahram, Zangana is a trained pharmacist and longtime activist who was imprisoned and tortured in Iraq as a student under the Baathist regime in the 1970s. Escaping execution, Zangana completed her studies before leaving Iraq to work with the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon and Syria. She then moved to London in 1976 where she has focused on her artistic pursuits while vocally protesting events taking place in Iraq and the Arab world.
Addressing an audience of students, professors and local intellectuals, Zangana discussed the issues faced by women in a “new” Iraq, emphasizing the importance of citizenship and good governance over the concerns of individual groups as Iraq struggles to rebuild itself.
“Iraqi women are facing serious issues, but this cannot be addressed outside the context of war and foreign occupation that all Iraqis are experiencing right now. Women have to be viewed as citizens first,” she said.
The state of citizenship in a tumultuous Iraq is not a good one, however, according to Zangana, who rejects claims by western governments that the 2003 invasion has brought “democracy” to her country.
“The Iraqi government is subject to the neo-colonial measures imposed upon it by the Americans and the British. They might pull their troops out one day, but that doesn’t mean their control over Iraq will end, there are plenty of economic, political and military agreements that ensure that,” she explained.
Furthermore, politicians are being silenced and those who dare to speak out are forced to leave government, as in the case of Dr Nawal Al-Samarraie, the former minister for women’s affairs who resigned her post in protest over her inability to address the problems faced by Iraqi women.
As minister, Zangana explained, Al-Samarraie saw her monthly budget slashed from an already paltry $7,500 per month to $1,500, a laughable sum considering the fact that 65 percent of Iraq’s population is female and that the country has an estimated 3 million widows. Adding to the hopelessness of the situation is the reality that the numbers of female war casualties and detainees is rising daily and that women continue to face serious threats to their safety including rape. Unemployment among women is at 80 percent.
Zangana maintains that Al-Samarraie and other politicians are being silenced, and their role as supposed democratic policymakers undermined by American hegemony in Iraq.
“Dr Al-Samarraie was the only person in government brave enough to vote against the proposed security agreement with the United States and now she is under house arrest after resigning from the ministry — that doesn’t sound like democracy to me.”
For Zangana “divide and conquer” is a more accurate term than “democratize” for what is being done in Iraq.
“When I was growing up, we all used to live together without questioning the religion or ethnicity of our neighbors. Now, the coalition forces are building walls around neighborhoods and whole cities to divide us, to make us easier to control and ignite sectarian tensions. Falluja and Samarra are completely walled in — citizens have ID cards with retina scans and fingerprints and need permission to travel.”
As for the security these measures are supposedly bolstering, Zangana calls it a myth.
“Heightened security is measured by a drop in the number of American casualties, nothing else. The 2007 surge, for example was called a success because less American soldiers were being killed during that time, but for Iraqis the surge meant more bombings, more raids, more killing. Security is not improving, it’s deteriorating.”
In short, while the coalition forces claim to have brought freedom, democracy and progress to Iraqi society, Zangana sees things a bit differently.
“Iraq has become a country of queues: women swathed in black queuing in front of prisons, in food lines, and in front of morgues.”

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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr