Houzan Mahmoud is a feminist writer, activist, public lecturer and co-founder of Culture Project, a transnational project formed to raise awareness about feminism in Kurdistan and diaspora. She has an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, London University. She is the winner of 2016 Emma Humphrey’s Memorial Award. Houzan was born in Iraqi Kurdistan and currently resides and works in London. She writes and lecture’s internationally about women and gender-based violence generally. Her articles have been published in The Independent, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Huffington Post and others. Houzan has led many campaigns internationally, including campaigns against the imposition of Islamic sharia law in Kurdistan and the Iraqi constitution. She has also led other campaigns against so called honour killings, and against violations of freedom of expression in kurdistan.