Females of Valor



Published in August 2020, Females of Valor is the second book in The Viking's Kurdish Love series. It is authored by Dr. Widad Akreyi, an award-winning global human rights leader and a pioneer in the field of social justice. Known for being an icon of courage and a voice for the voiceless, she has been a major player in the quest for gender equality and compassionate solidarity.

Originally from Kurdistan region (the southern part of Kurdland), Widad now lives in the West and holds a Master's degree in genetics and a PhD in global health and epidemiology.

Aiming to document the heights and depths, the joys and sorrows of human life with an original touch, Females of Valor sheds light on the roots of current public health measures taken worldwide in the era of Coronavirus pandemic. Gleaming with clarity and charged with vitality, it links ancient events to today's reality.



Love in crisis. When life gives you lemons, what do you do?

Vesta has learned the hard way how to make lemonade. The beautiful and strong-willed medieval doctor bears the unbearable. Her sufferings are innumerable. Intimidation, humiliation, gang-rapes, loss of loved ones, enforced miscarriage, psychological and emotional abuse, multiple surgeries, purificatory bathes, self-quarantine and isolation – this Kurdish woman has seen it all. The bloodthirsty fanatics who ruthlessly attacked her home disappear without trace or sufficient evidence to aid in her search for justice. Her relative and employer, King Swar, sides with the attackers rather than the victims.

Reality is too painful for her husband to handle. Ivar drowns himself in infidelity and alcohol which alters his mental state. Will her marriage fail? Can she leave the past behind and give her brutally murdered children a legacy beyond her grief?

Told in a poetic narrative, Females of Valor is a compelling account of suffering and survival, with captivating characters, stunning plot twists and thought-provoking themes, most notably what it means to be loyal to those we love.


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"... another triumph for its creator, the internationally acclaimed human rights icon Dr. Widad Akreyi. The author vividly portrays a family shattered by man-caused tragedy.... In this volume Adol, who is Aron's wife, emerges as a co-protagonist. Widad applies layers of psychological complexity to the characters, adding emotional resonance to the scenes. She captures fully the feelings of unworthiness caused by acts of sexual violence.... Females of Valor is about real people with whom the reader can identify. The author introduces us to a variety of traditions, Zoroastrians, Jewish, Christian, Kurdish, Norse etc. Her books are on my must-reads."
~ Goodreads review by Nova S. H.


"Widad Akreyi consistently delivers stories readers won't find anywhere else. Charming and enchanting, Females of Valor tells the story of Vesta and the violence she, her children and her community suffered in 1003... Vesta serves as a voice of hope for other rape survivors whose healing may be delayed or sometimes difficult to achieve. Females of Valor allowed me to better place the Me-too movement in the historical context of gender discrimination and sexual abuse. I now understand the challenges women went through to preserve a degree of freedom to shape their professional lives."
Gigi H McDermott