Houzan Mahmoud is a feminist writer, activist, public lecturer and co-founder of Culture Project, a transnational project formed to raise awareness about feminism in Kurdistan and diaspora. She has an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, London University. Curator and editor of recently published Kurdish Women’s Stories book. She is the winner of 2016 Emma Humphrey’s Memorial Award. Houzan writes and lecture’s internationally about Kurdish and Iraqi women’s rights and feminism. Her articles have been published in The Independent, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Huffington Post and others. Houzan has led many campaigns internationally, including campaigns against the imposition of Islamic sharia law in Kurdistan and the Iraqi constitution. She has also led other campaigns against so called honour killings, and against violations of freedom of expression in Kurdistan.