Mahabad Qaradaghi Interview
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.