Nisrin Barwari

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Nesreen Barwari
NationalityIraqi, Kurdish
OccupationPolitician, public official
Known forIraqi Minister for Municipalities & Public Works

Nisrin Barwari (or Nesreen Barwari, born 1967) is a Kurdish politician for the KDP who acted as Iraqi Minister for Municipalities and Public Works following the US occupation of Iraq in 2003.

Early life[edit]

Barwari was born in Baghdad to a Kurdish family and was imprisoned at age fourteen due to her brother's involvement with the Kurdish movement. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering at the University of Baghdad in 1991. Following the 1991 Gulf War, Barwari fled to Turkey as a displaced person.[1]

She served with the United Nations local office in Iraqi Kurdistan from 1991 to 1998. After obtaining a master of public administration at the Harvard Kennedy School in 1999, she served as minister of reconstruction and development in KRG until 2003.[2]

Political activities[edit]

Barwari was appointed Iraq's Minister for Municipalities & Public Works in September 2003, the only woman out of 25 ministers on the Iraqi Governing Council.[3] In June 2004, she was reappointed minister in the Iraqi Transitional Government. In January 2005 she was elected to the Iraq National Assembly, but resigned her membership to continue as minister.

Berwari has displayed concern for the rights of women in Iraq. In January 2004, she joined protests against Resolution 137 of the Iraqi Governing Council that would have curtailed women's rights by making Iraq's personal status law subject to religious doctrine. During her time as minister in Baghdad she survived several assassination attempts.

Personal life and academia[edit]

Barwari was the subject of controversy due to her marriage to former Iraqi president Ghazi Yawer in 2004, who already had two other wives.[4]

In 2006, Barwari took a year out of Iraqi politics to study at the Harvard Kennedy School.[1] She also has a PhD in Spatial Planning from the University of Dortmund.[5]

Barwari is an associate professor at the University of Duhok.[5] She is a Planning Steering Committee member of the Duhok governorate and a representative of FWE, an NGO focusing on humanitarian assistance to displaced Iraqi and Syrian refugees into the KRG.[6] Barwari also writes and researches on Iraq's political economy for the LSE.[7][8]

Barwari has a company manufacturing edible products made from apples grown in the Duhok region.[9]


Nisrin Barwari interview with Inclusive Security (2010).


  1. ^ a b "Nesreen Barwari". The Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ Women in the New Iraq Archived 2008-10-05 at the Wayback Machine, by Judith Colp Rubin, Global Politician, September 2008
  3. ^ Seddon, David (2013-01-11). A Political and Economic Dictionary of the Middle East. Routledge. ISBN 9781135355616.
  4. ^ "Kurdish Female Politicians". The Kurdish Project. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  5. ^ a b "University of Duhok (UoD)". Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  6. ^ "Nesreen Barwari - Speakers". Habitat III. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  7. ^ Science, London School of Economics and Political. "Complexity of Humanitarian Response to Internal Displacement in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq". London School of Economics and Political Science. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  8. ^ April 24th; 2018|Conferences; Comments, Iraq|0 (2018-04-24). "Understanding the Political Economy of the KRI: The way forward toward better governance". Middle East Centre. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  9. ^ "Barwari Apples". Barwari Apples. Retrieved 2019-03-14.