Kurdish student awarded in American school

A young Kurdish student receives the Global Awareness Technology Fair (GATF) award in the United States.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – A young Kurdish student receives the Global Awareness Technology Fair (GATF) award in the United States.

Ranya Ridha, a 17-year-old Kurdish student, was born in Baghdad and has been living in the US for a year and a half. She participated in the GATF competition for science students from one of the schools in Washington, DC.

According to Ridha, the whole GATF competition was about creating a project by choosing a favorite topic from the categories that the fair provided.

Ridha’s project was in the math and science category. She chose designer baby technology and her topic’s title was “What are the pros and cons of making Designer Baby Technology available in our world?”

“I chose that topic because I'm a big fan of science, creating new stuff and learning about the technologies that have been created,” she added.

Ridha, whose dream is to become either a scientist or a surgeon, said, “Not many students choose math and science categories because they’re hard, and most of the students in America are more into art, history and music careers.”

On March 29, another Kurdish woman received an award for her accomplishments. Nagham Nawzat Hasan, received the 2016 International Women of Courage Award, presented by the US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Hasan is an Ezidi activist and gynecologist among the select group of women honored with this years’ award.

According to the US Department of State, she has dedicated her career to promoting gender equality, combatting gender-based violence, and providing psychological support to survivors.

After the 2014 takeover of the city of Sinjar (Shingal) by the Islamic State (IS) which resulted in the attempted genocide and massacre of thousands of Ezidi and subsequent enslavement of Ezidi women, Hasan focused her efforts on rescuing and helping Ezidi girls and women traumatized by IS.


Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany