By Yorva Tsiakara.
This is an extract from an article originally published by Nina Iraq, and is reproduced here with permission.
Professor of Gender Studies at SOAS University of London, author of two books, co-founder of Act Together: Women’s Action on Iraq, Nadje Al-Ali, talks to young writer Yorva Tsiakara about the way Iraqi women have inspired not only her career path but also her life.
Born to a German mother, Professor Nadje Al-Ali spent the first 18 years of her life in Germany. Despite her Iraqi father and her parents getting engaged in Baghdad in 1966, she didn’t learn Arabic as a child as bilingualism was not encouraged in the 60s and 70s in Germany.
Although she was unable to speak the language, her determination to create a career inspired by the Iraqi women illustrates a strong will so common to her country women.
She admits that this iron will has also helped her juggle a career and family life, although she freely shares that a helpful partner, who supports the household – as well being equally involved the raising of their daughter – has been key to her success on an international stage.