Project Description

Nazand Begikhani


Nazand Begikhani, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, is the Vincent Wright Chair and Visiting Professor at Paris’s Grande Ecole Sciences Po.

Begikhani is a leading researcher on gender-based violence (GBV), having conducted research on many aspects of violence and gender relations, including honour-based violence and honour killings in the UK and in Iraq: She has particularly focused on women and war, examining rape and sexual violence during conflict in Iraq and Syria. She recently finished a two-year research project on gender-based violence and displacement, which was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She has worked as an expert advisor with a range of national and international organizations and government departments, including the United Nation’s Assistance Mission to Iraqi (UNAMI), UN Women, the UK Metropolitan Police, the Swedish Ministry of Integration and Amnesty International. She has addressed social policy in post-conflict Iraq and currently advises the Kurdistan Region’s President on Higher Education and Gender. In addition, she is the principal editor/publisher of a Specialised Imprint (Collection) at the L’Harmattan, entitled  ‘Peuples cultures et littératures de l’Orient’.

Nazand is also an internationally known poet, having won several poetry prizes, including France’s Simone Landrey’s Feminine Poetry Prize in 2012.

Life in a day

I was born
one morning with the dawn
The sun put a necklace of beams around my neck
and the stream in front of my birth garden
handed me a present of water

At noon
I immersed myself in the river of my childhood farm
Shakhi Mishka
Racing down the spring green hills
I wore rose water
Tied a wanawsha leaf in my hair

Towards the afternoon
I went with my friend
To the shores of the Tigris
Kisses, poems
Became rowing boats
Transporting us towards
what some would call
The beaches of sin

After the sunset
Face down
We found that we had been pushed
To the edge of the Atlantic Ocean
We built two tombs in the sand
And wrote “Time”

Royan, 1990
Translated from Kurdish by the author with the help of Richard McKane and Moniza Alvi