Nazand Begikhani is a leading researcher on gender-based violence and has conducted research on many aspects of violence and gender relations, including honour-based violence and honour killings in Iraqi Kurdistan Region and inside the UK Kurdish diaspora, rape and sexual violence in Iraq and Syria, domestic violence, and family policy and practice in Kurdistan. She is currently researching sexual violence and slavery in the Middle East, focusing on ISIS war strategies.
Nazand has worked as an expert advisor and mentor with a range of national and international NGOs and government departments, including, the United Nation’s Assistance Mission to Iraqi (UNAMI), the UN Women, the UK Metropolitan Police, Swedish Ministry of Integration, Kurdistan Regional Government Commission on Violence against Women, Kurdish Women’s Action against Honour Killings, Kurdish Women’s Rights Watch and Amnesty International. She has been a visiting Professor at the University of Soran, Iraqi Kurdistan. She is also an international adviser to Kurdistan Region’s PM on higher education and gender, as well as an expert witness and member of the Women’s Rights Monitoring Board in Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
She was, for a long period, involved in the campaign against honour-based violence in Europe and has worked in close collaboration with Kurdish and Middle Eastern organisations. Among many conferences, she addressed the 1995 Beijing fourth World conference on women, the UN’s meeting with the World March of Women 2000, the Paris international conference on Kurdish women (2002), and Sweden’s international conference on honour killings (2004).
Nazand has been awarded several international awards, including the UK Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her work on HBV (2000), Kurdistan Region’s Sayd Ibrahim’s Memorial Prize for her creativity (2009), the French Simone Landrey’s Feminine Poetry Prize for her poetry collection, Le lendemain d’hier (2013) and the Kurdistan Gender Equality Prize (2015) for her gender-related activities in Kurdistan. Her poetry was also nominated for the Forward Book of Poetry Prize; one of her poems, An Ordinary Day was elected by Forward Poetry Prizes as one of the best 40 poems of the year in the UK (2007).
Gender-based violence, domestic violence, FGM, migration, refugee women, honour crimes, identity, dislocation, exile and creative writing for women.
I have directed groundbreaking research on many aspects of gender relations, abuse and violence. My recent work includes honour-based violence: experiences and Counter Strategies in Iraqi Kurdistan and the UK Kurdish Diaspora; sexual violence as a war strategy in Iraq; revolutionary fights of Kurdish women against Islamic State of Iraqi and Syria (ISIS); ISIS's treatment of Yezidi women as an act of genocide; researching honour-based violence in Kurdish communities; honour-based violence and Kurdish communities: moving towards action and change.
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