Published June 15, 2017 | Version 1.0.0
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The Impact of Fundamentalism and Extremism on the Cultural Rights of Women in Iraq

  • 1. Research Center Coordinator, Sulaimani Polytechnic University
  • 2. Director, Women's Legal Assistance Organization (WOLA)
  • 3. Research Fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • 4. Manager of the Human Rights and International Law Programme, RASHID international
  • 5. Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Reading
  • 6. Head of Archaeology Department, University of Sulaimani




The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights set her thematic focus for 2017 on addressing the global avalanche of hate caused by fundamentalism and extremism. In order to study the problem more closely she called for contributions from around the world to describe the impact of fundamentalism and extremism on the cultural rights of women.

Led by eminent female researchers and professionals, RASHID International submitted a report explaining the hardships that women in Iraq face due to fundamentalist interpretations of culture, tradition and religion and frames these in terms of their impact on human rights.


About RASHID International

RASHID International is a worldwide network of archaeologists and cultural heritage experts dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the cultural heritage of Iraq, ancient Mesopotamia. To assist our Iraqi colleagues, we collect and share information, research and expert knowledge, work to raise public awareness, and both develop and execute strategies to protect heritage sites and other cultural property through international cooperation, advocacy and technical assistance.

RASHID International is registered as a non-profit organisation in Germany and enjoys charitable tax-exempt status under German law. We are an organisation in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2019. Learn more about our work at

All of our research is available open access here:




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