Houzan Mahmoud is a Kurdish women’s rights campaigner, writer and representative of the Organisations of Women's Freedom in Iraq. She was born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1973 and currently residing in London. Her articles on gender based violence and women’s rights, were published in UK and international publications. Houzan led many campaigns internationally, including campaigns against the rape and abduction of women in Iraq, and against the imposition of Islamic sharia law in Kurdistan and Iraqi constitution. She led many other campaigns around the world against so-called honour killings, and against violation of freedom of expression. She has an MA in Gender Studies from London University. Her blog can be found here.