“I have suffered the disadvantage of being “just a woman” in Iraq. I am convinced that peace and democracy cannot thrive until women’s freedom – freedom from violence and freedom of opportunity – is restored. Now is the time to learn from the mistakes of years past, and move forward.”

Suaad Allami created Iraq’s first legal aid clinic for women. Just northeast of Baghdad, in the dangerous area of Sadr City, Suaad’s clinic offers free representation and critical information about women’s rights in cases of divorce, custody and gender-based violence. Suaad and her team are focused on holistic support and provide free healthcare and vocational training.

Many don’t agree with what Suaad is doing, and they have ways of letting her know. But constant threats and intimidation won’t deter her. Suaad is resolved to do her part to reintegrate women into Iraqi society and engage their talent to rebuild a better nation.