Game Changers: Kurdish Women in Peace and War (Middle East Journal)

Senior Research Fellow Prof. Ofra Bengio examines the role of women in effecting change in Kurdish society.

This article argues that Kurdish society historically enabled the rise of charismatic women. More recently, upheavals brought by the so-called Arab Spring have acted as a catalyst for Kurdish women to improve their social standing. Along with gains made by Kurds in creating new autonomous spaces, the advancement of Kurdish women constitutes a double revolution that shows the feminist and nationalist agendas can be complementary, and not in conflict as they have for the greater part of modern history.