Houzan Mahmoud: Smoke Coming From My Soul
Kurdish Women’s Stories is the brainchild of Houzan Mahmoud, a Kurdish writer, public lecturer and anti-war activist. Unforgettable and deeply moving, it’s a vitally important book which goes beyond the common depiction of women simply as victims of war, and beyond stereotypical depictions of Kurdish fighters. Mahmoud herself grew up as part of a family of Peshmerga fighters in the 1970s and 80s before going into exile. Here she has brought together women aged between 20 and 70 years old to represent the diversity of voices from different generations.
All have retained pride and dignity in the face of dictatorial regimes. In today’s event Mahmoud is joined by two of the contributors to the anthology to share some of the Kurdish women’s stories and to explore the challenges of understanding an ethnic identity which is not even recognised by the Turkish government.