The Personal Status Law: Fate Of Children Will Pray On Lawmakers’ Consciences

The Iraqi government’s Council of Representatives are set to approve a draft to a 1959 familial law, a move which is stirring sectarian divisions and the fury of activists in the country. Foremost in protests against the Personal Status Law – versions of which have been voted on several times in recent years – is …

International Women’s Day Is Losing Its Symbolism

  Welat Khalil – Yalla   Woman. Doesn’t the word remind you of life? Doesn’t it remind you of smiling? Maybe rainbow? Or a drop of water on the leaf of a tree in the morning of a spring day? It reminds most of us of another amazing word; mother. Magnificent. But unfortunately, this beauty …

Clitoris Eaters

Abdulla Barzinji – Erbil It has always been difficult and shameful for me to speak about my genitals, and what my parents did that made me hate them. Despite all the psychological issues that I live with, I feel that it’s better to speak out, and no longer remain silent. What you are reading isn’t …

Melek & Kreesh: Best Friends Who Couldn’t Be Separated By War

Nine-year-old Melek Tariq Nooreldeen is too shy to talk, too wrapped up in playing with Kreesh, a ginger cat that she has raised since it was abandoned by its mother. Her sister explains that Melek and Kreesh are inseparable, even sharing a bed.So when Kreesh went missing on Tuesday morning, Melek was inconsolable.Melek and her family …

12 Pictures Explaining What It Means To Be A Baghdadi Woman

Baghdadi women are famous for their beauty and intellect, not just in Iraq but across the Arab world. There are the inspiration for thousands of stories, and a great deal of art is dedicated to illustrating their beauty and femininity. Yalla presents 12 pictures that uncover Baghdadi women and their lives.

KRG Training Women To Combat ISIL

  Shallaw Mohammed – Yalla – Zakho The participation of women in the fight against ISIL is now rivaling the ongoing financial crisis as the hottest topic Kurdistan Region. There have been vocal demands by women in Kurdistan who want to volunteer to fight side by side with men in the Peshmerga, and the dean of …

Iraqi Journalists Publish Two Books To Celebrate Women’s Day

  Mohammed Raheem– Yalla – Baghdad   Two books, Jumana and A Dialogue on Iraqi Culture Since 2003 were recently published to coincide with International Women’s Day and the Newroz celebrations. The Women’s Committee at the Ministry of Culture celebrated the publishing of the books by journalists Widad Ibrahim and Raja Hamid Rashid on Tuesday …

5 Types of Foods Essential for Women during Pregnancy

  Yalla takes a look at essential grub to nurture expectant mothers and their unborn babies. Eggs “It’s amazing what you get in one egg for only about 90 calories,” says Elizabeth Ward, writer, nutritionist and author of Expect The Best, a guide to healthy eating before, during and after pregnancy. An egg provides plenty …

Baghdad Fashion Week

Teeba Alqassab, a 21-year-old model from Baghdad, rehearses before the show begins. Beauty products in the make up room. A model prepares before the show.   Teeba Alqassab checks her phone in the make up room of the Babylon Hotel in Baghdad. Models prepare for the show. A model takes a selfie. Models on the …

Our Baghdad More Beautiful: A Standing Protest To Rid Baghdad Of Sectarian Posters

Mohammed Raheem Yalla – Baghdad To celebrate International Women’s Day, the women’s committee at the Ministry of Culture organised a protest against the sectarian posters called “Our Baghdad Is More Beautiful”. The event was held close to the Personal Affairs Court and Fine Arts Institute in Karkh, opposite Zawraa Park. Participating groups included the Iraqi …