Ma­habad Qaradaghi In­ter­view

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G. Has­san

A few days ago, The Kur­dish Globe con­ducted an in­ter­view with fa­mous au­thoress and fem­i­nist, Ma­habad Qaradaghi who had a lot to say about the ef­fects of her poetry and slowly spread­ing fem­i­nist views has on so­ci­ety.

Q: How do you think your poetry af­fects mod­ern so­ci­ety? Do you think your poetry has any pos­i­tive ef­fects it?

A: With poetry, I ex­press all of so­ci­eties’ pains and hopes. My read­ers see them­selves within the mir­rors I cre­ate with my words, there­fore I feel that poetry is the most ef­fec­tive tool for me to use to change read­ers minds and at­ti­tudes in a pos­i­tive man­ner. I wrote about An­fal and Hal­abje, the most cat­a­strophic event in Kurds mod­ern his­tory. I wrote about women’s lib­erty and gen­der equal­ity. I think my writ­ing has a large emo­tional im­pact on so­ci­ety.

Q: In your lat­est book of po- ems, which poem did you en­joy writ­ing the most and why?

A: I pre­fer write about mor­tal­ity prob­lems and hu­man be­ings sor­row. Where ever the pain of hu­man be­ing's ex­ist, my mind and my pen is fo­cus­ing on it. In my lat­est poetry book, I liked the long poem I wrote about An­fal vic­tims, ti­tled "The Moun­tains are the Field of Mays".

Q: Do you think that your stance of fem­i­nism and ap­proach to it helps peo­ple? If so, how?

A: Yes I do think that it has an im­pact. Since the year 2005, many changes took place re­gard­ing hu­man rights and gen­der equal­ity in Kur­dis­tan. I, as a first Ad­viser for Prime Min­is­ter Necher­van Barzani, set the equal­ity pol­icy for gov­ern­ment and many mod­i­fi­ca­tions have been done within leg­is­la­tions to form women’s rights in them.

Q: What kind of mes­sage do you try to in­clude when writ­ing your poetry? Is there one main idea that you want your fans to un­der­stand?

A: I try to give pos­i­tive en­ergy to read­ers via my poetry ideas. Love, lib­erty, hu­man rights, hon­esty, love for Kur­dis­tan, and hope for free­dom and es­tab­lish­ing Kur­dis­tan as a state are the main themes and ideas.

Q: Who are your favourite po­ets or writ­ters? Where do you find your in­spi­ra­tion?

A: My fa­vorite po­ets in Kur­dis­tan were Ma­s­tore Ardalany, Nali, Mahwi in Kur­dish clas­sic po­et­rys, Latif Hal­mat and Sherko Bekas in mod­ern Kur­dish, and more gen­er­ally, Pablo Neruda, Aragon, Shakespeare, and many oth­ers. I find my in­spi­ra­tion in ev­ery word I read, and ev­ery im­age I look at.

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