Haifa Zangana (born 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi novelist, author, artist, and political activist, best known for writing Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London. Haifa grew up in Baghdad and graduated from Baghdad University and the School of pharmacy in 1974. In the early 1970s, as a young activist in the Iraqi Communist Party Haifa was imprisoned by the Baath regime but she managed to escape execution. When she was released from prison, she stayed in Iraq to continue pursuing her studies. As a member of the PLO, she was the manager of the pharmaceutical unit, moving between Syria and Lebanon in 1975. She came to Britain in 1976.