Kiri Haggans Sulaymaniyah Kiri Haggans, Civil Society Programs Manager Kiri Haggans’ stories Iraq: Making the law work for them In the Middle East, Iraq has a history of being a leader in promoting women's rights. Even after the fall of Saddam Hussein, women were some of the first to organize across ethnic and religious lines to advocate for democratic change. Iraq: Economic development on a personal level In a part of the country often forgotten by the central government, southern Iraq has had its share of challenges following years of conflict that began with the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. Iraq: Closing the gap: Gender-equitable access to education Iraq: Remembering the importance of "community" in community development Mercy Corps has been in Iraq’s four southernmost provinces — Basra, Maysan, Muthanna and Thi Qar — since 2003, implementing the USAID-funded Community Action Program. Iraq: Literacy builds confidence for women in southern Iraq Iraq: Finding the story I work with Awatif in southern Iraq, but we had to travel across the country to get to know one another.