Noor Adil

Produced by: Yara Chehayed
Part of the Curated Collection: Taboos & Society,
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Interview Location: Iraq
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I am Nour Adil, I am thirty years old from Iraq. I am an Arabic language teacher and a civil activist in the field of children's sexual rights and an activist in women's issues and violence against women.

One of the times I felt that I could not express my identity was the first situation I faced after I posted a personal picture of myself on my social networking sites on my Facebook page. And I was living in a somewhat popular area, and a deterrent attack was launched on me. How do I publish my personal picture? As if my face is a social taboo that only my family can see. I did not know how to deal with the situation, but my family supported me and tried to explain to people that this is my personal freedom and no one has the right to interfere in it. But I had to move out of the area and live in another area. Until now, I do not enter the area that I left because people looked at me, as it was a very bad look. I am a person who posts pictures on social media because I am a person who advocates for women's rights. However, I suffered greatly from this problem, especially since I lived in areas that are somewhat local.

I used to live in a popular area that forbids women to publish their pictures, on the grounds that they transgressed the customs and traditions that govern this region, so they considered me transgressing their customs. They do not accept a woman's departure from these habits, such as going to a place, traveling alone, publishing her photos, or demanding her rights against violence, her right to a job. And they considered that I had transcended these habits. The area in which I currently live is different. It is true that I have the right to publish my pictures, but there are other societal taboos, such as that a woman does not have the right to demand a divorce just because she does not want her husband. They want religious reasons, based on the fact that the rule in Iraqi society is religious and doctrinal, so women have no right to demand freedom because they want their right. No, the right is according to Islam and Iraqi law only. Even if she suffers psychologically, sexually and physically, she has no right at all.

The social taboos that pertain to women are represented in the political rise of women, as they reject women’s domination of political governance, especially in state departments, in political governance in general. They also oppose women's claim for their rights legally and against claiming their right against violence and their right against their sexual and psychological suffering. Many women were subjected to repression only because they demanded their sexual rights and psychological rights only. These issues are considered a breach of peace in Iraq.