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Director of Emma Organization

Behar Ali has more than 30 years of experience in the humanitarian field and is the founder and Director of Emma Organization. She studied Translation at the University of Mosul and Gender Studies at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where she lived between 1996 and 2010. She also completed law studies at the Cihan University of Erbil. From August 2014, when IS controlled the area of Singer, Behar committed her entire life to the Yazidi cause and has been advocating for Yazidi women's rights and the rebuilding of peace and co-existence in the area. 
 
Behar Ali was born in a household where women's rights were so championed that the place felt like the headquarters of a women's rights organization. She grew up in a family where politics and the struggle for human rights were part of their daily life. Growing up in Halabja in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, in a city that, under the Saddam Hussein regime, was attacked with bombs, artillery fire and chemical weapons, the last of which proved most devastating and has a massive impact on the rest of her life. It taught her how to fight for her country, human rights and justice in society. it made her the activist she is today.

 

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