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The Voices of Women from the Middle East

Enheduanna is the world’s first woman poet and author from the 23rd century BC. The daughter of the King of Akkad, a central city in Mesopotamia, today’s Iraq, she has been identified by historians as the world’s first ‘named author.’ The Middle East Program's blog, Enheduanna, commemorates her legacy and inspires diverse women contributors from the Middle East to voice their thoughts and express their ideas about the state of women in their countries and their often ignored yet important work to advance women’s issues across the region.  

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Enheduanna @ 5

Over the last five years, we have had over 180 contributions to Enheduanna on topics as diverse as women’s rights, climate change, migration, peacebuilding, entrepreneurship and digitization. Notable contributors include Lilia Labidi, former Tunisian minister of women’s affairs, Haleh Esfandiari, director emeritus of the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program as well as various ambassadors and ministers of the region.

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