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Female KDP candidate defends video leaked on social media

By Rudaw 19/4/2018
Dr Heshu Rebwar Ali [L] takes part in Rudaw's election special 10 Questions Programme. Photo: Rudaw
Dr Heshu Rebwar Ali [L] takes part in Rudaw's election special 10 Questions Programme. Photo: Rudaw

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – Dr Heshu Rebwar Ali, a female candidate running on the election list of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), has filed a complaint after a video of her wearing a short dress at a birthday party was leaked on social media. She says she has nothing to be ashamed of.

The 10-second video clip shows Ali pouting for the camera wearing high heels and a black, off the shoulder dress, which falls just above the knee. Only Ali is seen in the video while the husband can be heard saying "Thanks to my beloved partner,” that the party is “a gift from her,” and that he is taken by surprise.

The video has divided opinion, with some socially conservative Facebook users responded with misogynistic remarks, prompting others to criticize alledged sexist attitudes within the KDP.

It then went to name some male KDP leaders that it accused of having a history of abuse against women.

Ali, a university professor with a PhD in economics, told a press conference held in Sulaimani that she is targeted by people who are not happy about her professional achievements.

She said her personal mobile phone was taken about a month ago, which contained private details of her life with her husband.

“I don’t know who took it. But I say this, if those people asked me directly, I would have sent them the original documents myself. They do not include any inappropriate things. It is just me with my husband in private events, something I am proud of,” she told the press conference, vowing to remain in the race for the May 12 Iraqi election.

“Everyone is entitled to her freedom and private life,” she added.

Anticipating more such leaks in future, Ali said she and her husband have filed a complaint in court demanding legal proceedings against those who leaked the video.

She said her husband supports her candidacy.

“From this podium, I repeat my love for my husband. He is always behind me with his full support,” she said.

Ali appeared in Rudaw’s 10 Questions Programme earlier this week where she talked about her campaign and that of her party in Sulaimani.

Female candidates have already sounded alarm over the misuse of social media in the Iraqi election.

Comments

 
Muraz Adzhoev | 19/4/2018
Ignorance, lack of knowledge, culture, education in Kurdistan are the factors used by enemies, traitors and provocateurs for mercenary treason, betrayal against the Kurdish people and its national unity. Kurdistan must be independent to become a state with the free society of high cultural, humanitarian and democratic values that are historically natural for the great ancient Kurdish nation. It’s necessary to get rid of all harmful, imposed alien views.
NotInMyName | 20/4/2018
How can this be a scandal after suffering under daesh bigotry and sexism for those years? Nobody would vote for men who think its their place to tell others what to do or wear in private... right? Officials who leverage old-world supersition and prejudice instead of engaging in grown-up politics, simply because their opponent is a woman are weak and unfit for modern democracy.
Rogério | 20/4/2018
here in Brazil women walk in the street naked. so it's good.
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Stewee Guy | 20/4/2018
Welcome to Iraqi Kurdistan where you can loose your candidacy just for wearing above the knee skirt. I guess being the neighbor of ISIS for 3 years is not good.
Go topless! | 22/4/2018
Sorry, but I think Kurdistan still has a lot of growing up to do! We are about 50 years behind the rest of the world, and Rogerio please understand that we are 80 years behind you !!!
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