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Book Launch and Ultimate Luncheon at The Villa featuring author Latifa Ali

Event Date : July 31, 2009

Latifa Ali, a young woman born in Australia of Iraqi parents, was tricked into returning to their homeland on the pretext that her grandfather was ill. When she arrived her mother confiscated her mobile phone and passport and told Latifa she would now live as a 'good Iraqi' girl, observing ancient family customs and ultimately  marry a local boy.

Latifa was horrified and spent many miserable months thinking about how to escape. Her story is gripping as it is also the story of  life for millions of women in a repressed patriarchal Muslim Society.