“After Mosul was retaken, I saw my city in rubble. I wondered how I, as a painter, could help my city. I got together with likeminded friends and we created a team called The Art Revolution. I wanted to paint on the walls, to put colour in my grey city. At the beginning, I was afraid of rejection. The situation was tense, and a girl painting on the streets was a strange sight. However, I was surprised by how people embraced us. We paint about women, peace and anti-sectarianism.”
In Erbil, the #IWD2019 event was co-organized by IOM and University of Kurdistan-Hawler (UKH) to promote the socioeconomic empowerment of women, in particularly through access to employment and livelihood generating opportunities, following the UN #IWD2019 theme : "Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change"
Experiences of Darya of Dali Designs, Huda of Lala Candles, Tava of Very Hollywood Boutique, and Tafan of Decorum, who delivered speeches during the event, prove that women can start their own business and succeed.