Iraqi lawyer Suaad Allami recently wrote an article on the current status of women’s rights in Iraq. To read the full article on CNN iReport, click here.
“The last US troops left Iraq December 18, 2011, leaving 4,485 military dead, billions spent and democratic ideals floated including uncountable women’s rights initiatives. There have been modest gains for Iraqi women but there is little actual progress and even less protection for women despite the glossy legislative protections spurred by the US State Department. More powerful and pervasive cultural and religious forces continue to contravene women’s equality, neuter women’s rights as a toothless slogan, and dwarf the Rule of Law mindset we tried hard to instill…”
by Helen Benedict
March 16–April 6, 2014, The History Theater, St. Paul, MN
The stories of soldiers on the front lines of American’s most recent wars are unlike any that came before – especially for women in uniform. This provocative and timely play by award-winning author Helen Benedict, is based on interviews with soldiers stationed on the front lines in Iraq; these are the real words of eight battle-tested women warriors recounting their experiences on battlefield and in the barracks, and their personal journeys toward recovery and justice. Honest, heartfelt, and current, this play directed by Austene Van, opens the door for conversations about war, gender, and the challenges facing the next generation of American soldiers.
Enjoyed most by ages 16+
IARP Show Night: March 20
Join us for the 8:00 pm show on Thursday, March 20 and stay to meet the actors! Reserve your tickets for just $22 by emailing info@
Please join us at the Daily Iraqi Life Art Exhibit, open September 9-30th, 8AM-8PM, to observe and understand the connection the St. Paul/Minneapolis community maintains with our sister city of Najaf, Iraq and local Iraqi refugees.
The Iraqi American Reconciliation Project (IARP) is excited to take part in the Veterans for Peace Convention August 11-13 in downtown Madison at the Concourse Hotel and Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative (see an article about the event here). Convention displays will show various forms of art relating to war and peace. IARP’s portion of the exhibit will be in University Room C, and contain paintings and photographs by contemporary Iraqi artists and engaging, personal books created by IARP, Iraqi refugees, and U.S. veterans.
By Luke Wilcox, Director of Development & Communications
Near the end of 2008 I started working with the Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project. I was fresh out of graduate school with a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and almost zero experience in the “real world.” This fall I will begin the full-time Master of Business Administration program at the University of Minnesota Carlson School. I would like to express my gratitude for these last four and half years of tremendous personal and professional growth.
“He’d been living in Minnesota when, in 2003, Sami Rasouli returned to his homeland of Iraq. Stunned by the destruction he saw there, Rasouli sold his business and returned to help. After encountering Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq—supporting communities struggling with violence—Rasouli requested that CPT train Muslim men and women to be peacemakers. Today Rasouli is the Executive Director of Muslim Peacemaker Teams.
In July 2013, IARP received a grant from the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP). The grant will be used to support the organization’s goals of developing friendships across cultures, expanding understanding of one another, and building mutual respect between Arab American and “majority culture” citizens in the United States.
After more than 10 years of occupation, poverty and ecological devastation, IVAW continues to organize against militarism in our society. This will be a broad and dynamic plenary and we will be joined by writer Christian Parenti, historian and writer Nick Turse along with Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz and Suraia Sahar of Afghans United for Justice.
Come join IARP in attending the event:
21st Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home
Thank you to everyone who made the Minneapolis Sister Cities Day 2013 a success! A special thanks to our volunteers from Target*Northtown who made it a special day for all the kids who attended.
Minneapolis Sister Cities Day is an annual event presenting the cultures of Minneapolis’ 10 Sister Cities, including Najaf, Iraq. IARP and Target hosted a kids activities area at the event with a beanbag toss, cakewalk Arabic-style, a soccer tournament, and other fun activities.
See photos from the day below: