Fighting for equality: Meet Iraq's rising sportswomen pushing back against exclusion and convention
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Al-Araby

Iraqi women’s retreat from public space has long concealed the fact that females are toiling away to carve out their place in sport – in Yoga, martial arts, and even para athletics. The choking restraints of daily life in a country governed by men has held women back, but as of recently, women are flipping the script. Yoga instructor, Nabaa Ismael, a modern languages graduate from Baghdad University, paved an alternative career path, in pursuit of becoming a Yogi – one of Iraq’s first. She trained in Indonesia and later in India, and upon returning to Iraq as a qualified instructor, Ismael fou…

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