WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING JANUARY 2017

In this issue we publish the video links from the successful Greenwich Conference of 10th December. Please see link below under videos.

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

NEWS

  1. Nesrin Ebdullah: We will Turn Kobane Into a Women’s City
  2. Peace Mother Sultan Azboy sentenced to 8 Years in Prison
  3. Female Kurdsih Fighters Announce New Training Acadamies fro Arab Women to Take on ISIS in Syria
  4. Two Arab Women Rescued From ISIS in Raqqa Operation Join the PKK
  5. France closes the case on the murder in Paris of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla
  6. Two women from Denmark send medical aid to Rojava
  7. Kışanak: We will build a colourful future through women’s solidarity
  8. Yezidi NGO resumes activities in northern Iraq after talks with Kurdish officials
  9. Kurdish HDP Co-Chairs Sentenced to 225 Years Collectively
  10. What happens to my children’s identity now?
  11. 300 Years Term Issued for Iranian Kurdish Inmates in 2016

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS

  1. Justice for Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez: Perpetrators Must Be Held to Account
  2. PAJK: we will hold conspirers accountable
  3. On This Day in 1919: Rosa Luxemburg Murdered
  4. Women’s Cooperatives: A glimpse into Rojava”s Economic Model.
  5. The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting Isis at the same time.
  6. The story of the ‘Angel’ who took on ISIS

 VIDEO

  1. Video Links to the Conference Held at Greenwich University
  2. Acceptance Speech by Mozn Hassan (Nazra for Feminist Studies) for the 2016 Right Livelihood Award

 EVENTS
           Desiring and Deorienting The Middle East – Speakers include Dilar Dirik
           8 February 2017 Pembroke College Oxford

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 NEWS

  1. Nesrin Ebdullah: We will Turn Kobane Into a Women’s City
    24 January/Sujin Gazete
    KOBANÊ –Speaking about the third anniversary of Kobanê’s liberation, YPJ General Command Member Nesrin Ebdullah said, “We will raise our struggle to turn Kobanê into a women’s city with all our power and we will lead a democratic Syria.”
    https://gazetesujin.com/en/2017/01/nesrin-ebdullah-we-will-turn-kobane-into-a-womens-city/
  1. Peace Mother Sultan Azboy sentenced to 8 Years in Prison
    27 January 2017/Sujin Gazete
    Sultan reacted to the decision and said, “I fight for peace and they call me “terrorist”. I didn’t take up arms against anyone. I didn’t shoot anyone. I am a peace mother. I am 62 years old and they have sentenced me just for participating in the protests for peace. I will continue my struggle for peace even if they kill me or jail me. I will continue the struggle for peace to the end.”
    https://gazetesujin.com/en/2017/01/peace-mother-sultan/
  1. Female Kurdsih Fighters Announce New Training Acadamies fro Arab Women to Take on ISIS in Syria
    4 January 2017/The Independent
    The Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) in Syria is both widening its operations to include Arab women who want to join the fight against Isis and stepping up its military assault on the extremists’ de facto capital of Raqqa in 2017, a spokesperson has said.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/female-kurdish-fighters-ypj-set-up-new-training-academies-arab-yazidi-women-to-fight-isis-a7508951.html
  1. Two Arab Women Rescued From ISIS in Raqqa Operation Join the PKK
    18 January 2017/Kurdish Info
    Two Arab women that escaped ISIS cruelty in Raqqa have joined the PKK. Neither of them spoke a word of Kurdish or Turkish. I wanted to chat with them but unfortunately I did not speak Arabic. One of them was called Rebellion and the other one was Pervin. Rebellion is Pervin’s aunt. Both of them were in civilian clothing. They were on their way to receive their first training at the PKK. With the help of a translator, we got acquainted during our conversation. Pervin spoke with anger and told about her mother and ISIS’ cruelty against women. ISIS captured her mother. The mother of Rebellion did not prevent the two from joining the PKK. On the contrary, she supported their decision.
    http://www.kurdishinfo.com/two-arab-women-rescued-from-isis-in-raqqa-operation-join-the-pkk
  1. France closes the case on the murder in Paris of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla
    24 January 2017/ANF News
    French authorities had announced that the first hearing on the murder of PKK founding member Sakine Cansız (Sara), KNK Paris representative Fidan Doğan (Rojbin) and Youth Movement member Leyla Şaylemez (Ronahi), who had been massacred in Paris on January 9, 2013, was due to open on January 23-24. The fate of the case remained unknown after the announced death of gunman Ömer Güney in mid December, 2016. Lawyers for families of the three Kurdish women have been notified that the case against Ömer Güney, due to be held at Paris Heavy Penal Court, has been closed due to the death of the sole suspect.
    https://www.anfenglish.com/women/france-closes-the-case-on-the-murder-in-paris-of-sakine-fidan-and-leyla
  1. Two women from Denmark send medical aid to Rojava
    18 January 2017/ANF News
    Two Kurdish women who live in Denmark, one cardiologist and one nurse, started an initiative in fall which they called “Kurdiske læger og sygeplejersker initiativet” (Kurdish doctors and nurses initiative) and aimed to send modern medical equipment to hospitals in Rojava Kurdistan. As they are practitioners of medicine themselves, they know how dire results can come out of a lack of equipment. Cardiologist Zeynep Binici Çetinkaya and Specialist Nurse Gül Özcan conducted a pre-research on the matter and thought long and hard about what they could do for the hospitals in Rojava.
    http://anfenglish.com/news/two-women-from-denmark-send-medical-aid-to-rojava
  1. Kışanak: We will build a colourful future through women’s solidarity
    21 January 2017 / ANF News
    Amed Co-mayor Gültan Kışanak, who is jailed in Kandıra Women’s Closed Prison in Kocaeli, has sent a message to women, saying: “We will not surrender to darkness. We will build a colorful and bright future through women’s solidarity and perspective.”
    http://anfenglish.com/women/kisanak-we-will-build-a-colourful-future-through-women-s-solidarity
  1. Yezidi NGO resumes activities in northern Iraq after talks with Kurdish officials
    21 January 2017 / ARA News
    The Yezidi NGO ‘Yazda’ has announced that it will reopen and resume its activities.  In early January, the humanitarian NGO was shuttered by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for engaging in political agitation. “The closure of Yazda’s facilities and projects was due to a misunderstanding and the interpretation of some Yazda activities as transgressing KRG laws and regulations,” the NGO explained. “We reiterate that Yazda will follow all KRG laws and regulations regarding NGOs as it does in all countries.”
    http://aranews.net/2017/01/yezidi-ngo-resumes-activities-in-northern-iraq-after-talks-with-kurdish-officials/
  1. Kurdish HDP Co-Chairs Sentenced to 225 Years Collectively
    18 January 2017 / Telesur
    Both were accused of “managing” the “terrorist” PKK and its political bodies, which both Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksedag enthusiastically deny.
    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Kurdish-HDP-Co-Chairs-Sentenced-to-225-Years-Collectively-20170118-0081.html
  1. What happens to my children’s identity now?
    19 January 2017 / The Washington Post
    In both the United States and in Turkey, I am marginalized. I realize now the idea of “other” will exist no matter where I go. I don’t want my children to be ashamed of being brown-colored Muslims. I want them to be empowered by their heritage and feel that they are fully Americans in ways I never felt Turkish in Turkey, writes Neval Pektas.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/01/19/what-happens-to-my-childrens-identity-during-a-trump-presidency/?utm_term=.38f9732301fb
  1. 300 Years Term Issued for Iranian Kurdish Inmates in 2016
    14 January 2017/Roji Kurd
    In 2016, some 81 Kurdish inmates from Iran received in total 300 years of custody for different felonies. In the same time, six Iranian Kurdish women were also altogether sentenced to 162-month term, a human rights watch organization reported.
    http://www.rojikurd.net/en/2017/01/14/300-years-term-issued-for-iranian-kurdish-inmates-in-2016/

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS

  1. Justice for Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez: Perpetrators Must Be Held to Account
    6 January 2107/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
    Four years have passed since the murders of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez in their office at the Kurdish Information Center in Paris. The women died by gun shots to their heads at close range, assassination style on 9th January 2013[1]. The suspect in the case, who was linked to the Turkish security services in Ankara, died in prison suddenly on 17th December, a month before his trial was due to start. There had been no prior indications of ill health.
    https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/01/06/justice-for-sakine-cansiz-fidan-dogan-and-leyla-saylemez-the-perpetrators-must-be-held-to-account/
  1. PAJK: we will hold conspirers accountable
    9 January 2017/Hawar News Agency
    NEWS DESK- Kurdistan Free Women Party(PAJK) recalled the Kurdish strugglers Sakine Cansız and her colleagues to escalate struggle following their footsteps and holding conspirers to account. The PAJK coordination released in coincidence with the annual anniversary of losing the strugglers Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan und Leyla Şaylemez.
    http://en.hawarnews.com/pajk-we-will-hold-conspirers-accountable/
  1. On This Day in 1919: Rosa Luxemburg Murdered
    15 January 2017/Roar Mag
    Rosa Luxemburg [1871-1919], the Polish-born revolutionary and writer, was one of the most original theoretical minds of the early twentieth century. Her work stands as a testament to the great social of upheavals of the time and a life lived in struggle for a better world.
    https://roarmag.org/2016/01/15/on-this-day-in-1919-rosa-luxemburg-murdered/
  1. Women’s Cooperatives: A glimpse into Rojava”s Economic Model.
    26 January 2017/Kurdish Question
    Zahra Shexo bends over her sewing machine and meticulously, but expertly allows the course material to run through her fingers and under the pointed needle of the machine. The sound of over a dozen women’s laughter and conversation intermixes with the repetitive mechanical sounds of the sewing machines in the large room. The sewing room is a Kaleidoscope of different coloured materials, samples, threads and other necessary sewing items. Zahra is the current administrator of the textile cooperative Amargi in Kobane city.
    http://www.kurdishquestion.com/article/3809-women-s-cooperatives-a-glimpse-into-rojava-s-economic-model
  1. The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting Isis at the same time
    5 January/The Independent
    Asya Abdullah is not a polished politician. She speaks slowly and deliberately in Kurmanji in a tone which suggests she has had to practise her material many times. But despite the reserved and careful exterior, Abdullah is one of the most radical and effective revolutionaries in the world today.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/kurdish-woman-building-feminist-democrac-fighting-isis-at-the-same-time-syria-kurdistan-rojava-new-a7487151.html
  1. The story of the ‘Angel’ who took on ISIS
    17 January 2017 / IN Daily
    British playwright Henry Naylor hopes his Adelaide Fringe show about a Kurdish female sniper who helped drive ISIS out of her town will challenge stereotypes about Middle Eastern women.
    http://indaily.com.au/arts-and-culture/adelaide-fringe/2017/01/17/the-story-of-the-angel-who-took-on-isis/

VIDEO
1. Video Links to the Conference Held at Greenwich University
Democratic Transformations, Kurdish Women and Regional Conflict: Lessons from Rojava and Beyond
24 January 2017/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/01/24/video-links-to-the-conference-held-at-greenwich-university-on-10th-december-2016

2. Acceptance Speech by Mozn Hassan (Nazra for Feminist Studies) for the 2016 Right Livelihood Award
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1aMZn2cUMs&feature=youtu.be

EVENTS

Desiring and Deorienting The Middle East – Speakers include Dilar Dirik
8 February 2017 Pembroke College Oxford
https://www.facebook.com/DesiringTheMiddleEastAtPembroke/

  Peace in Kurdistan
Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question
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http://www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com
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Patrons: Lord Rea, Lord Dholakia, Baroness Sarah Ludford, Jill Evans MEP, Jean Lambert MEP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Hywel Williams MP, Kate Osamor MP, Elfyn Llwyd, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, John Austin, Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary,  Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, General Federations of Trade Unions, Bruce Kent, Gareth Peirce, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, John Berger, James Kelman, Margaret Owen OBE, Prof Mary Davis, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Mark Thomas, Nick Hildyard, Stephen Smellie, Derek Wall, Melanie Gingell, Steve Sweeney

 

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