WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/ NEWS BRIEFING APRIL 2017

NEWS
1. Twelve Members of Kurdish Women’s Force, YPJ, Killed in Turkish Airstrikes
2. YPJ Spox: We will withdraw from Raqqa if US doesn’t show concrete reaction to Turkey airstrikes
3. Women and Defense Workshop Kicks off in Rojava
4.MSD Co-Chair Ehmad: YPJ is the Guarantee of Women and Future
5. In Turkey’s Referendum, Women’s Rights are on the Ballot
6.Merkel Urges Turkey to Respond to Irregularities in Referendum
7.
Blood flowed instead of tears-1
8. Blood Flowed Instead of Tears 2
9. Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Remain Trapped By Trauma
10. Ezidi Women Take Over the Vigil for Ocalan in Strasburg
11. Nine Kurdish Yezidis Freed from IS
12. The Women Who Escaped ISIS
13. Self Immolations on the Rise among Kurdish Women in Iraqi Kurdistan

 OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. Democratic Modernity Cannot Be Created Without Women’s Freedom
2. The Kurdish Struggle- An Interview with Dilar Dirik
3. We Yazidi Understand the Forces of Hatred that Threaten Civilisation

REPORTS
Ezidi Women’s Conference March 2017 Germany

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NEWS
1. Twelve Members of Kurdish Women’s Force, YPJ, Killed in Turkish Airstrikes
26 April/Kom News
Twelve members of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) were killed in Turkish airstrikes targeting the group’s headquarters in northeastern Syria early Tuesday morning. The YPJ, in a statement on Wednesday, confirmed that of the 20 Kurdish fighters killed in the multiple airstrikes, 12 belonged to the YPJ, while the other eight were members of the People’s Protection Units (YPG). 18 other militants were injured in the air raid.
https://komnews.org/12-members-of-the-kurdish-womens-force-ypj-killed-in-turkish-airstrikes/
2. YPJ Spox: We will withdraw from Raqqa if US doesn’t show concrete reaction to Turkey airstrikes
26 April/Kom News
Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) spokeswoman, Nesrin Abdullah, has said that the group’s forces will withdraw from the operation to capture the Islamic State’s stronghold, Raqqa, if the US doesn’t take concrete action against Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurdish forces in Syria.
https://komnews.org/ypj-spox-will-withdraw-raqqa-us-doesnt-show-concrete-reaction-turkey-airstrikes/
3. Women and Defense Workshop Kicks off in Rojava
2 April/ANF News
The Women and Defense workshop with the motto “Women’s Genuine Power is the Security of a Free Society” kicked of in Kobanê with the participation of 16 military powers and 160 delegates from across the Middle East.
https://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/women-and-defense-workshop-kicks-off-in-rojava-19285
4. MSD Co-Chair Ehmad: YPJ is the Guarantee of Women and Future
3 April/ANF News
Previous revolutions in history that were realized with the motto of freedom and democracy did not bring about freedom and democracy due to women’s lack of organization and conscience to carry out self-defense. These revolutions only defeated the dominant powers. This time, it will be different and the mentality and organization level of the entire society will change.”
https://anfenglish.com/women/msd-co-chair-ehmed-ypj-is-the-guarantee-of-women-and-future-1930
5. In Turkey’s Referendum, Women’s Rights are on the Ballot
15 April/Newsweek
For most of the last century, Turkey has been the go-to example of an Islamic country that doubles as a secular democracy, where women enjoy vast freedoms unlike in many Middle Eastern countries. On Sunday, this liberated vision of Turkish women could disappear into the photo albums.
http://www.newsweek.com/turkey-referendum-women-rights-feminism-58445
6. Merkel Urges Turkey to Respond to Irregularities in Referendum
27 April/Kom News
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey on Thursday to answer questions raised by European observers, who found a referendum that expanded President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers was an uneven contest.
https://komnews.org/merkel-urges-turkey-respond-report-irregularities-referendum/
7. Blood flowed instead of tears-1
20 April/ANHA News Agency
QAMIŞLO- The Yazidi women that were liberated by Women Protection Units (YPJ) stated that KDP forces left them alone during IS attack on Şengal and said “IS said to us that Peshmerga sold you for money, and instead of going to Kirkuk, we came to Şengal”
http://en.hawarnews.com/blood-flowed-instead-of-tears-1/
8. Blood Flowed Instead of Tears 2
21 April/ANHA News Agency
Wafaa Mash’al Salem is a Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by IS mercenaries during Şengal massacre. Wafaa was liberated by YPJ during Wrath of Euphrates campaign for liberating al-Raqqa. Waffa narrates her story, her sister and aunt’s that they preferred drowning to staying in the clutches of IS mercenaries.
http://en.hawarnews.com/blood-flowed-instead-of-tears-2/
9. Freed from ISIS, Yazidi Women Remain Trapped By Trauma
28 March/Huffington Post
Wheeler, who interviewed 22 Yazidi women and girls, has spent her career documenting war crimes against women. Yet she says the accounts of sexual violence she heard from the Yazidi survivors continue to haunt her. “It is some of the most distressing work I have ever done, and my colleagues who have also interviewed the survivors say that same thing,” she says.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/freed-from-isis-yazidi-women-remain-trapped-by-trauma_us_58da631be4b0f805b323b718
10. Ezidi Women Take Over the Vigil for Ocalan in Strasburg
28 March/ANF News
Êzidî Women’s Umbrella Assembly (Siwana Meclisa Jinên Êzidî – SMJE) members Fikriya Ferho, Cihan Hewran, Zerê Daban, Gewre Şaka, Tembiya Alkış and Nurê Alkış took over the Freedom for Öcalan vigil that continues in Strasbourg, France in its 249th week.
https://anfenglish.com/news/ezidi-women-take-over-the-vigil-for-ocalan-in-strasbourg-19207
11. Nine Kurdish Yezidis Freed from IS
15 April/Bas News
A total of nine Kurdish Yezidis, including four women and five children, were freed from the grip of Islamic State (IS) militants on Sunday, an official said. “They will arrive in Duhok [province of Kurdistan Region] on Monday to be reunited with their families,” Head of the office for Yezidi Abductee Affairs, Hussein Qa’idi, confirmed to BasNews.
http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/kurdistan/341962
12. The Women Who Escaped ISIS
11 March/HRW. org
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
13.  Self Immolations on the Rise among Kurdish Women in Iraqi Kurdistan
16 March/EKurd

According to nongovernmental organization Wadi, 57% of Iraqi Kurds between 14 and 19 years old underwent an excision of the clitoris. Honor killings by male family members are still common in Iraqi Kurdistan, and many other women face forced and underage marriage, domestic violence or polygamy issues.
http://ekurd.net/self-immolations-kurdish-women-2017-03-16

 OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

Democratic Modernity Cannot Be Created Without Women’s Freedom
1. 15 April/Kurdish Question
The third conference “Challenging Capitalist Modernity III: Uncovering Democratic Modernity ― Resistance, Rebellion and Building the New” in light of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan’s ideas continues at Hamburg University, Germany on its second day.
http://kurdishquestion.com/article/3892-039-democratic-modernity-cannot-be-created-without-women-039-s-freedom-039

2. The Kurdish Struggle- An Interview with Dilar Dirik
8 March/Salvage.Zone
Dilar Dirik: As a Kurd, you can never run from your identity, because your identity is essentially political and the level of your political consciousness acts as a self-defense as the only way to secure your survival and existence. That is why insistence on the free expression of your self-determined identity is portrayed as political controversy, nationalism, or terrorism by the capitalist-statist system.
http://salvage.zone/online-exclusive/the-kurdish-struggle-an-interview-with-dilar-dirik/

3. We Yazidi Understand the Forces of Hatred that Threaten Civilisation
18 April/The Irish Times

Wednesday, April 19th, is New Year’s Day for the Yazidi community, one of the oldest cultures in the world. Yazidis are an ethnoreligious group based mainly in Iraq but with emigrant populations in EuropeNorth America and Australia. Yazidi beliefs, which predate Christianity and Islam, have over the centuries been continually misunderstood, leading to the persecution of followers, most recently in the attempted genocide by Islamic State.
http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/we-yazidis-understand-the-forces-of-hatred-that-threaten-civilisation-1.3051587

REPORTS

Ezidi Women’s Conference March 2017 Germany
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/

Peace in Kurdistan

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