WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA


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

NEWS BRIEFING FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017

NEWS
1. Êzidî mothers: Barzani sold Shengal out to Erdoğan
2. PYD Co-chair Abdullah: International powers should support the Kurds
3. YJA-Star: We will reunite with our Leader
4. Blackburn activist becomes first British woman to join fight against Isis in Syria
5. IS Leader, In Charge of Yezidi Abductees, Killed Near Tel Affar
6. Pro-Kurdish HDP leader kicked out of Turkish parliament
7. YBŞ/YJŞ vows to respond to every attack on Shengal soil
8. Paris killings: Families file charges for the investigation to be reopened
9. Turkey’s Kurds Demonstrate for their Rights On Women’s Day

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS
1. Syrian Arab women battle  IS, social stigma
2. VIDEO: Rojava An Experiment in Radical Direct Democracy Within a War –Torn Country
3.
 It’s raining women in Rojava; Bread and Roses TV
4. Islamic State will never conquer free Kurdish women: YPJ fighter Jinda Welat
5. The Rojava experiment
Behind the frontlines in Syria, a self-governing Kurdish region is making a radical attempt at gender equality.
6. Former ISIS Sex Slave Nadia Murad Tells Her Story of Survival to Gloria Steinem
7. The Women Who Escaped ISIS
8. Rojda Felat: SDF women will transform the Middle East
9. These Kurdish, Assyrian, Arab Women are Taking Down ISIS in Their Capital
10. Kurdish Vocalist Aynur Dogan Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence

CAMPAIGNS, ACTION
1. Peace in Kurdistan Women’s Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria Statement for International Women’s Day statement
2. YPJ statement on 8 March: Every free woman is a free country
3. Peace in Kurdistan at the Plaid Cymru Spring Conference 2017
4. First International Yezidi Women’s Conference

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NEWS
1. Êzidî mothers: Barzani sold Shengal out to Erdoğan
5 March/ANF News
Speaking to ANF, mothers in Shengal responded to the KDP attack on Shengal, saying: “Barzani sold us out once again. KDP sold us out to ISIS first, and to Erdoğan now. We will fight the KDP until one single Êzidî remains alive and we will not allow the Barzani gangs to enter our lands. With these attacks, they want to finalize the 73rd genocide against Êzidîs.”
http://anfenglish.com/features/ezidi-mothers-barzani-sold-shengal-out-to-erdogan

2. PYD Co-chair Abdullah: International powers should support the Kurds
15 February/ANF News
PYD Co-chair Asya Abdullah spoke in the conference in Moscow and said, “A meeting the Kurds didn’t attend and a constitution that comes out of that won’t be binding for the Kurds. The Turkish state is a threat for us,” on the crisis in Syria.
http://anfenglish.com/news/pyd-co-chair-abdullah-international-powers-should-support-the-kurds

3. YJA-Star: We will reunite with our Leader
15 February/ANF News
YJA-Star (Free Women’s Troops) Central Headquarters Command issued a written statement on the anniversary of the February 15 international conspiracy against Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan.
In its statement, YJA-Star said the following:
“We condemn the February 15 Conspiracy, which was carried out against our Leader, Kurdish people and humanity, and commemorate our comrades that dedicated their bodies to freedom and as they expressed their commitment to the Leader with the motto “You cannot darken our Sun” and the freedom martyrs that followed in the footsteps of these comrades.”
http://anfenglish.com/women/yja-star-we-will-reunite-with-our-leader

4. Blackburn activist becomes first British woman to join fight against Isis in Syria
9 February/Guardian
A self-styled “revolutionary” from Blackburn is believed to have become the first British woman to travel to Syria to join the fight against Islamic State.  Kimberley Taylor, 27, left the UK to join the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), the all-female affiliate army of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) of Syrian Kurdistan, last March.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/09/blackburn-activist-kimberly-taylor-becomes-first-british-woman-join-fight-isis-syria

5. IS Leader, In Charge of Yezidi Abductees, Killed Near Tel Affar
Bas News/1 February
Rocket attacks on Wednesday killed a prominent Islamic State (IS) leader near Mosul who was responsible for the abducted Kurdish Yezidi women, military sources confirmed.
“Harbi Abdulkarim, IS leader in charge of so-called Yezidi slaves, was targeted in his vehicle in the areas around Tel Affar [west of Mosul],” reads a press release by Iraqi joint command.
http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/327725

6. Pro-Kurdish HDP leader kicked out of Turkish parliament
21 February/Al Monitor
Turkey’s beleaguered pro-Kurdish bloc was dealt a further blow Feb. 21 when the parliament stripped its imprisoned co-leader of her seat. An appeals court upheld Figen Yuksedag’s conviction of spreading terrorist propaganda.
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/02/turkey-unseats-figen-yuksedag-kurdish-bloc-leader.html#ixzz4ZjEqzLEO

7. YBŞ/YJŞ vows to respond to every attack on Shengal soil
4 March/ANHA News Agency
The Shengal/Women’s Resistance Units (YBŞ/YJŞ) Commands released a statement about the attack of KDP forces upon the request of Turkey on Shengal on Friday morning.
http://en.hawarnews.com/ybsyjs-vows-to-respond-to-every-attack-on-shengal-soil/

8. Paris killings: Families file charges for the investigation to be reopened
23 February/ANF English
Families of the three revolutionary women murdered in Paris have filed charges for the investigation that was closed after the suspect died under suspicious circumstances to be reopened. With the filed charges, the families are expecting to ensure the identification and trial the people who ordered the executions. These charges are filed against the co-conspirators of the executions.
http://anfenglish.com/news/paris-killings-families-file-charges-for-the-investigation-to-be-reopened <http://anfenglish.com/news/paris-killings-families-file-charges-for-the-investigation-to-be-reopened>

9. Turkey’s Kurds Demonstrate for their Rights On Women’s Day
9 March/EKurd Daily
DIYARBAKIR-AMED
, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Thousands of Kurdish women on Wednesday demonstrated in the southeastern main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in Turkish Kurdistan to demand their rights and protest against injustices against women on International Women’s Day.
http://ekurd.net/turkey-kurds-women-day-2017-03-09

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS
1. Syrian Arab women battle  IS, social stigma
10 February/The Tribune
They are fighting the world’s most feared militants, but hundreds of Arab female fighters battling the Islamic State group in Syria are also confronting the disapproval of their relatives and society.
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1322801/syrian-arab-women-battle-social-stigma/

2. VIDEO: Rojava An Experiment in Radical Direct Democracy Within a War –Torn Country
5 December/The Real News
Janet Biehl discusses the significance and the achievements of the political project in Northern Syria that’s led by the Kurds
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=17778

3.
 It’s raining women in Rojava; Bread and Roses TV
19 February/Bread and Roses TV
Rahila Gupta discusses the women’s revolution in Rojava.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnhU8BKP_2k&feature=youtu.be <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnhU8BKP_2k&feature=youtu.be>

4. Islamic State will never conquer free Kurdish women: YPJ fighter Jinda Welat
27 january/Kurdish question
Women’s Resistance Units (YPJ) fighter Jinda Welat, who participated in the Kobane resistance against the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) group at the southwestern front, spoke to ANF on the 2nd year anniversary of the Kobane victory. Welat stated that the resistance of a small town like Kobanê spread across the entire world and Kurdish women proved their strength through this resistance. She said Kobanê became universal and had a great impact on the Middle East and Rojava.
http://kurdishquestion.com/article/3812-islamic-state-will-never-conquer-free-kurdish-women-ypj-fighter-jinda-welat

5. The Rojava experiment
Behind the frontlines in Syria, a self-governing Kurdish region is making a radical attempt at gender equality.
Spring 2017/New Humanist
The brutal recapture of Aleppo by Syrian government forces and its allies at the end of 2016 does not bode well for another enclave of resistance: the predominantly Kurdish area in northern Syria. Here, in a long strip of land that runs almost continuously from east to west along the border with Turkey, a radical secular experiment with women in the driving seat has been under way since 2012.
https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/5160/the-rojava-experiment

6. Former ISIS Sex Slave Nadia Murad Tells Her Story of Survival to Gloria Steinem
8 March/Broadly
In 2014, Nadia Murad’s Yazidi village in northern Iraq was attacked by ISIS. The jihadist group proceeded to carry out a genocide of her people, who have long been persecuted for their non-Islamic faith. Members of Murad’s family were killed and she, along with thousands of other women and girls, were abducted and enslaved, enduring extreme physical and sexual violence.
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/former-isis-sex-slave-nadia-murad-tells-her-story-of-survival-to-gloria-steinem?utm_source=broadlytwitterus <https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/former-isis-sex-slave-nadia-murad-tells-her-story-of-survival-to-gloria-steinem?utm_source=broadlytwitterus>

7. The Women Who Escaped ISIS
11 March/Foreign Affairs
Dressed in fitted slacks, a satin bomber jacket with a fake fur collar, and a black scarf that loosely framed her face, Nadia, 22, spoke in a dull monotone of her journey from life under the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) to life in a Kurdish prison. She said she had not seen her three-year-old daughter since she fled her abusive husband, a fugitive ISIS member, in March.
https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/03/11/women-who-escaped-isis

8. Rojda Felat: SDF women will transform the Middle East
9 March/HAWAR News Agency
Rojda Felat, the YPJ commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) leading the operation to liberate Raqqa, said that women in the SDF will become the Middle East’s most significant force for change.
http://en.hawarnews.com/rojda-felat-sdf-women-will-transform-the-middle-east/

9.
These Kurdish, Assyrian, Arab Women are Taking Down ISIS in Their Capital
8 March/PJ Media
On International Women’s Day, the Islamic State is under threat from a force bearing down on their declared capital, Raqqa, that includes Arab, Assyrian and Kurdish women commanders and fighters.
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2017/03/08/these-kurdish-assyrian-arab-women-are-taking-down-isis-in-their-capital/

10. Kurdish Vocalist Aynur Dogan Receives Prestigious Award for Excellence
15 March/Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish vocalist Aynur Dogan is to receive the Master of Mediterranean Music Award on Thursday in the United States from Berklee College, the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Dogan born in the Kurdish city of Dersim and raised in Istanbul has been a rising star in Kurdish music.
http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/150320171

CAMPAIGNS, ACTION
1. Peace in Kurdistan Women’s Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria Statement for International Women’s Day statement
8 March/Peace In Kurdistan Campaign
For 7 years the women of the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units) have battled to liberate themselves not only from the systematic sexual violence of ISIS, but also from the patriarchal values expressed in minds, in communities and across all regions of the world. Their slogan is “We will defeat the attacks of the Islamic State by securing the liberation of the women of the Middle East”.
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/03/08/peace-in-kurdistan-womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria-statement-for-international-womens-day/

2. YPJ statement on 8 March: Every free woman is a free country
6 March/ANF News
The Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) General Command released a statement marking March 8th, International Women’s Day. In the statement made in front of the YPJ General Command building in Serêkaniyê, dozens of YPJ fighters and commanders were present.
http://anfenglish.com/women/ypj-statement-on-8-march-every-free-woman-is-a-free-country

3. Peace in Kurdistan at the Plaid Cymru Spring Conference 2017
13 march/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
Leader, Leanne Wood, gave the keynote speech, recalling the Newport Uprising in 1839 when 10,000 Chartists marched on the town demanding democratic reform. She said the Charter was about regaining control of lives, of communities and a new democratic landscape.
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/03/13/plaid-cymru-spring-conference-2017/#more-7547

4. First International Yezidi Women’s Conference
13 March/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
The first International Conference for Ezidi women took place in Germany last weekend providing an opportunity for a diverse group of women to come together to discuss, in their mother tongue, the Ezidi genocide and its aftermath. The high-level conference gave a platform to an authoritative group of women, representing both those who had survived the genocide, and those whose expertise ranged from the ethnic, political, historical, and psychological aspects of what had occurred.
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/03/13/ezidi-womens-conference-march-2017-germany/ <https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/03/13/ezidi-womens-conference-march-2017-germany/>

Peace in Kurdistan
Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question
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