Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi author and activist. She has published novels, collections of short stories, and studies, including City of Widows (2007), Dreaming of Baghdad (2009), and, together with Ramsy Clark and Thomas Ehrlich Reifer, The Torturer in the Mirror (2010). She is a founding member of the International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (IACIS) and a co-founder of Tadhamun – Iraqi Women Solidarity. She works as a consultant at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and was a member of the core team writing the “Arab Integration” report. She is a weekly columnist for Al Quds Al Arabi, contributes to British and US media, and lectures regularly on Iraqi culture and women’s issues. She is the editor of Thaera’s Party, (Haflat Thaera) (2016) a collection of writings by Palestinian women political ex detainees. Her current project is to encourage Tunisian women ex political prisoners to write about their experiences.