Haifa Zangana

Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi author and activist.

She has published three novels and four collections of short stories. Among her other books; ” City of Widows: an Iraqi woman account of war and resistance”, ” Dreaming of Baghdad” and ” The Torturer in the mirror”, together with Ramsy Clark & Thomas Ehrlich Reifer.  She is a founding member of International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (IACIS); and co-founder of Tadhamun; Iraqi Women Solidarity. She edited “Party for Thaera; Palestinian women writing life”, a collection of non fictional creative writings by former Palestinian women prisoners.

She was an advisor for the UNDP Report Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World (2005) and as a consultant for ESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) she contributed to “Arab Integration” report and “Towards Justice in the Arab world” report which was withdrawn by UN general secretary.

Her writings published regularly by Arab & western media and she is a weekly columnist for Al Quds Al Arabi. and lectures regularly on Iraqi culture and women’s issues.

She is the chair of judges of Middle East Monitor Palestine Book Awards.

She currently works with former women political prisoners in Tunisia to write their own experiences as part of transitional justice process.