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First Victims of Freedom: An Interview with Iraqi Feminist Yanar Mohammed

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In 2003, Mohammed, along with a few other Iraqi women, founded the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI). OWFI offers shelter to women seeking refuge from honor killings and sectarian violence, monitors women in jail and helps formerly detained women, and speaks out for women's legal rights and secular law in opposition to Islamic fundamentalism and radicalism. (1) Mohammed states that OWFi's founding members "represent the modern, secular voice of Iraq..." (1) The interviews covers topics ranging from Mohammed's personal experiences as a feminist activist in Iraq, women's legal status, to women in detention centers.