A group of students from the
Department of Diplomacy and Public Relations at the University of Human
Development (UHD) organised an event on International Mother Language Day on 21st
February 2023. The theme of the event was ‘Mother language is our identity’.
The event was sponsored by Civil
Development Organisation (CDO), Youth Focus Organisation and Youth Guide
At the event, two specialists in the
Kurdish language, Prof. Dr Shilan Omar Hussein and Mr Jamal Habibullah Bedar,
delivered speeches about the need for preserving and developing the Kurdish
language and identified the responsibility of the government, educational
institutions and civil society groups to promote Kurdish. They also talked
about the threats that Kurdish faces from globalisation and unorganised local
Following this panel, two poets namely
Ms Gulzar Hamafaraj and Mr Muhammad Nadim read poems expressing the richness of
Kurdish but also recognising the impediments to its development. There were
also music and other entertainment.
Another side of the event was an
exhibition opened for local handmade crafters to present their items.
The number of participants turned out
to be high, and several news channels and media outlets covered the event.