|Native name||ورود زهير|
1987 (age 33–34)
|🎓 Alma mater||University of Karbala|
|📆 Years active||2010–present|
Worood Zuhair (Arabic: ورود زهير) (born in 1987) is an Iraqi women's rights activist, biologist, and author who lives in Germany.
Early life and education
Zuhair was born in Najaf. In 2010 she graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Karbala in Biology. She relates that before graduating, she was a victim of domestic violence, when her father and her brother attacked her, causing her to lose consciousness and breaking her spine, because she left the house without permission and discussed her atheism.
Activism in Germany
Zuhair migrated to Germany in 2016 after successfully arguing that the danger she faced from her family made her a candidate for refugee status; after arriving, she received death threats over her secular blog posts, and is under police protection.
After arriving in Germany, she started campaigns to demand the rights for women in the Middle East, organized and participated in protests for the cause and spoken with international media organizations and on social media in support of the campaigns for freedom and gender equality.
She has had many media interviews, given speeches and participated in international conferences, including the Richard Dawkins Foundation, where she discussed her personal life and advocated for greater freedom of speech and expression for Iraqis.
- Zuhair, Worood. Naked Revolution [ثورة التعري] (in العربية). Germany. Search this book on
Zuhair announced her first book by the name of Naked Revolution to be published soon in Arabic and later in English, She called the book "out of ordinary", she announced it after her Naked Revolution campaign that she started demands women freedom from the intellectual closed state of mind and liberates from body restrictions.
- Hanaa Edwar
- Rana Ahmad
- Rahaf Mohammed
- Tara Fares
- "ورود زهير تقول انها حفيدة عائلة كاشف الغطاء شاهد بنفسك!" [Wurood Zuhair says she is the grand daughter of the Kashif al-Ghitaa family, watch for yourself] (in العربية). Jun 16, 2020 – via YouTube.
- Prange, Astrid (December 20, 2018). "Germany's atheist refugees: When not believing is life-threatening". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
- Prange, Von Astrid (October 10, 2018). "Flucht vor Allah". Deutschlandfunk (in German). Retrieved 26 March 2021.
- DW channel interview in Arabic| 04.09.2018
- Tarzi, Nazli (July 20, 2019). "Iraq's growing community of atheists no longer peripheral". The Arab Weekly. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
- Rebellious Women in Islam - The Event, Linkezeitung (Nov 27, 2016).
- The roots of Islam extend from the Middle East to Europe, Richard Dawkins foundation, January 22, 2019 (in German).
- Rebellious women in Islam, Lecture by Worood Zuhair from Kerbela, The Central Council of Ex-Muslims, November 27, 2016 (in German).
- Taking revenge from the conservative society that stole my life by the name of religion, DW Arabia Channel (post by Al-hewar Al-Mutamadin in Arabic).
- Zuhair, Worood (January 22, 2019). The roots of Islam reach from the Middle East to Europe (Speech). RDF Talk at Richard Dawkins Foundation. Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen.
- Zuhair, Worood (September 4, 2018). "They kill me in the name of honor, who protects me? (Arabic)". DW Arabia (Interview). Interviewed by Jaafar Abdul Karim. Germany.
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