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


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.