Düzen Tekkal is a political scientist, social entrepreneur, war correspondent, filmmaker, founder, journalist and author. She is a member of the Expert Commission on the Causes of Flight and an expert on human rights in the Bundestag. For her documentary film Háwar – My Journey into Genocide, she traveled to Iraq several times and documented the genocide of the Yazidis there. Düzen Tekkal learned how to network and empower as a child: growing up with ten siblings in a Kurdish-Yezidish family that fled Turkey in the 1960s. Together with her sisters, she founded the human rights organization HÁWAR.help, with which she has launched various multi-religious and multi-ethnic projects in Iraq and Germany. In 2019, she founded the educational initiative GermanDream to inspire students for the free democratic basic order.
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