Haifa Zangana

Haifa Zangana

Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi author and activist. 

She has advised the UNDP and Brussels Tribunal and is a contributor to European and Arabic publications such as The Guardian, Al Quds and Al Ahram.

Among her books: Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and LondonDreaming of Baghdad and City of widows: an Iraqi woman account of war and resistance. She edited 'Party for Thaera; Palestinian women writing life', a collection of non fictional creative writings by former Palestinian women prisoners. 

She was an advisor for the UNDP Report Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World (2005) and as a consultant for ESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) she contributed to 'Arab Integration' report and 'Towards Justice in the Arab world' report which was withdrawn by UN general secretary. Her writings published regularly by  Arab & western media and she is a weekly columnist for Al Quds Al Arabi. She currently works with former women political prisoners in Tunisia to write their own experiences as part of the transitional justice process.

Past Winners

  • Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities
  • I Remember My Name
  • Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora
  • Imperial Perceptions: British influence and power in late Ottoman times
  • Gaza: A History
  • Jerusalem Interrupted: Modernity and Colonial Transformation
  • The Palestinians: Photographs of a Land and its People from 1839 to the Present Day
  •  The Battle for Justice in Palestine
  • Refugees of Revolution: Experiences of Exile
  • The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948