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A former doctor, Nasik gave up her career to run a shelter for women living under threat of death from their families. 'Till now, ' she says, 'hundreds of women have been killed in Iraqi Kurdistan simply because they fell in love, or because they demanded their basic rights -- such as the right to divorce or to be treated as a human being, to go outdoors, to be free to talk to other men.' Beyan is a lawyer fighting to change the laws on justice for women. 'A lot of people treat honor like capital, ' she explains, 'and for them, their capital is women and should be guarded closely.' Ironically, one area of Kurdish life where women are most free is the government-backed Peshmerga Force of women soldiers. 31-year-old Rezan, their commander, spent two years in Iraqi prisons, and lost both her brother and fiance to Saddam Hussein's forces. Now she teaches her young recruits to stand up for their rights. 'Young women should be active players in tomorrow's society, ' she says. 'I teach them how to look after themselves.'