Call for an International Action Day against Feminicide of Yazidi Women

3 August 2016 marks the 2nd anniversary of the Feminicide and Genocide by Islamic State (IS) against Yazidi people in Sinjar/Shengal. On 3 August 2014 IS attacked and captured Sinjar, which is the historical homeland of Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority whose ancient religion is linked to Zoroastrianism. ISIL destroyed Yazidi shrines, executed resisters and demanded the residents to swear allegiance or be killed. During the IS-massacre in Sinjar up to 5.000

Yazidis were executed. Almost 200.000 people managed to flee. 50.000 Yazidis fled into the Sinjar Montains, where they were trapped without food, water or medical care, facing starvation and dehydration.

At the same time approximately 5.000 Yazidi women and children were captured. They were appropriated as spoils of war and sold as sex slaves to Muslim men or given to ISIL commanders. Those who refuse to convert were tortured, raped and eventually murdered. Babies born in the prison where the women are held were taken from their mothers to an unknown fate. Women allegedly raped by ISIL fighters have committed suicide by jumping to their death from Mount Sinjar. While a high number of women managed to flee or could be liberated, approximately some 3.000 women are still in ISIL captivity.

While the campaign of ISIS against Yazidi people often is described as a massacre, it shows all characteristics of genocide. But additionally IS is carrying out acts of feminicide. Kidnapping of Yazidi women as spoils of war, enslavement, systematically rape, forced conversion are not only parts of a systematically war against women, but feminicide.

Yazidi people, especially women in Sinjar answered the acts of genocide and feminicide by IS through self-organisation and self-defence. Today Mount Sinjar marks the centre of Yazidi self- organisation through self-defence units, people’s and women’s councils as expression of their collective will.

But the IS-threat on the Yazidi people in Sinjar is continuing. And still countless women remain in the hands of IS. For their liberation national and international action and solidarity is needed.

Also the UN Special Commission declared in its report released on 16 June 2016 that the incidents that happened in Sinjar amount to genocide and a crime against humanity. We will continue our struggle until the responsible are tried and pay for their crimes.

Therefore we call for an International Action Day against Feminicide and Genocide on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the IS-campaign against the Yazidi people in Sinjar on 3rd August 2016 on public spaces and especially in front of UN representations. Because we call on the UN to recognise the Feminicide carried out by IS in Sinjar. Member of the Kurdish women’s movement will organise minutes of silence and protest actions in the different parts of Kurdistan and Europe on that day. We call you to join us and raise the voice of the freedom seeking Yazidi women with your actions that may differ.

Please contact us for further information, common planning and sharing of your actions via the supporting Kurdish Women’s organisations you are in contact with.

14 July 2016

Shingal Yazidi Women’s Council

Supporters:

Southern/Iraqi Kurdistan

Kurdish Women’s Relation Organisation (REPAK) Kurdistan Free Women’s Organisation (RJAK)

Rassan Organization for Defending Woman Rights

Social Development Organisation

Sazan Women and Human Rights Reunion Organisation

Saya Organisation Strives Against Violence and Gender Discrimination

Work Institute for the Development of Democracy (WID)

Kurdistan Women’s Alliance

Women’s Union of Kurdistan – Zhinan

Zhindrusty Organisation to Obtain Better Health Services for Women

 

Rojava/Western Kurdistan

Star Congress

Free Women’s Foundation

Women’s Commission

Sara Association to End Violence Against Women Democratic Union Party (PYD) Women’s Branch Syria Kurdish Left Party Women’s Branch

Syria Kurdish Democratic Left Party Women’s Branch

Kurdistan Communist Party Women’s Branch

Kurdistan Liberal Union Women’s Branch

Syria Kurdistan Democratic Party Women’s Branch

Kurdistan Green Party Women’s Branch

Free National Party Women’s Branch

 

Northern/Turkish Kurdistan

Struggle Platform for Women Forcefully Seized

Free Women’s Congress (KJA)

Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Women’s Council Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Women’s Council Selis Women’s Association

Ceren Women’s Association

Rainbow Women’s Association

 

Eastern/Iranian Kurdistan

Doğu Kürdistan Özgür Kadınlar Topluluğu (KJAR)

 

Europe

Umbrella Organisation of Yazidi Women’s Councils in Germany

 

Yazidi Youth Union

Central Council of Yazidi Associations

Ceni Kurdish Women’s Peace Office

Hevi Education and Integration Association

Yazidi Kevnas Association

Kahniya Sîpî Association

Union of Students from Kurdistan (YXK)

Union of Female Students from Kurdistan (JXK) Kurdish Peace House Bielefeld

Democratic Allawi Federation (FEDA) Democratic Union Bielefeld

Socialist Women’s Union (SKB)

Kurdish Women’s Movement in Europe (TJKE)

Femmes Solidaires

 

Turkey

People’s Democratic Congress (HDK) Women’s Council People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Women’s Council Socialist Women’s Councils (SKM)

Women’s Freedom Council (KÖM)

Foundation for Solidarity with Women (KADAV)

 

Cyprus

Association for Migrant Rights (MHD) Feminist Atelier (FEMA)

Free Women’s Academy (ÖKA)

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