NEWS BRIEFING AUGUST 2017
- YJA-Star: Forgetting the treason is being party to the cruelty
- YJŞ fighters: We are in Raqqa to avenge and free Êzidî women
- Building a case for Prosecuting the Genocide of Yazidi Women
- Sex-Slavery: One Aspect of the Yezidi Genocide
- Yazidi women fighters arrive in Raqqa to battle Islamic State
- More YJŞ fighters join the Great Battle of Raqqa
- Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock’
- Voices of Kurdish women’s liberation: reclaiming ‘the self’ through literary expression
- Modern feminism: why we should learn from Kurdish women
- The Memorial to the Genocide of the Yazidis
- “You lent yourself to freedom, and freedom suited you well”
- “Fighting in al-Raqqa, we fulfil our promise” Yazidi fighters
- “We will not be stopped!’ Women protest against Erdogan regime after spike in attacks
- Three Years On From The Yazidi Genocide
- Heavy-handed police disrupt minute’s silence
16. Call for an International Day of Action against Feminicide
17. PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF-ORGANISATION OF YEZIDI WOMEN AND FOR A DAY AGAINST FEMINICIDE.
1. YJA-Star: Forgetting the treason is being party to the cruelty
3 August/ANF News
YJA-Star Shengal Command issued a statement on the anniversary of the August 3 Shengal Massacre and said, “Forgetting the treason and the tragedy is being party to the cruelty.”
2. YJŞ fighters: We are in Raqqa to avenge and free Êzidî women
3 August/ANF News
In 2014 the ISIS gangs, who have become a plague for humanity, slaughtered thousands of Êzidîs in Shengal. Only the Kurdish Freedom Movement did not remain silent in the face of this genocide. But now the Êzidîs have finally organised themselves thoroughly and have formed their own military force. The force of the Shengal Women’s Units (YJŞ) formatted itself to take revenge for the Êzidî women and for all downtrodden women, and has become a beacon of hope especially to the women of the Êzidî community.
3. Building a case for Prosecuting the Genocide of Yazidi Women
1 August/Pass Blue
As the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq crumbles, assessments begin to emerge of the damage left in its wake by its cultural nihilism and harsh sectarian absolutism designed to remake an Arab society. The human costs have been high in Iraq — in deaths, maiming, displacement and the enslavement of girls and women.
4. Sex-Slavery: One Aspect of the Yezidi Genocide
31 July/The Kurdistan Tribune
This discussion includes an overview of the national and international mechanisms available for prosecuting ISIS members for their crimes of genocide against the Yezidi people. The authors further stress that the genocide has contributed to, and even accelerated the process of the Yezidi selfidentification as a unique ethno-religious entity; which, in turn, has produced changes to their religious traditions. These changes will be briefly covered by examining a new approach to the institution of the Kerāfat.
5. Yazidi women fighters arrive in Raqqa to battle Islamic State
6 July/Kurdish Question
The Yazidi female fighters of the Shengal Women’s Units (YJŞ), who declared last week that they would join the Raqqa offensive against the jihadist Islamic State (ISIS) group, have arrived in the city. The first group from the YJŞ to arrive in Raqqa were greeted by fighters from the Women’s Defence Units (YPJ), which operates in Rojava.
6. More YJŞ fighters join the Great Battle of Raqqa
4 August/ANF News
On the 3rd anniversary of the 73rd genocide of the Êzîdî community, the Shengal Women’s Units (YJŞ) has enlarged their force stationed in Raqqa to rescue the Êzîdîs kidnapped and enslaved by ISIS.
7. Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock’
27 July/The New York Times
The 16-year-old lies on her side on a mattress on the floor, unable to hold up her head. Her uncle props her up to drink water, but she can barely swallow. Her voice is so weak, he places his ear directly over her mouth to hear her.
8. Voices of Kurdish women’s liberation: reclaiming ‘the self’ through literary expression
26 July/Kurdish Question
To be able to understand the importance of Kurdish women’s poetry in the contemporary context it is first necessary to illustrate the condition of the Kurdish identity, regardless of gender, in the present day Middle East. The position of the Kurdish people within the modern day society is possibly best portrayed by the old proverb “The Kurds have no friends but the mountains.”
9. Modern feminism: why we should learn from Kurdish women
13 July/Kurdish Question
While the West, and especially Europe, seems undecided and apparently defenceless in the war against terrorism, fighting ISIS is the priority in Syria and Iraq, where the heroic Kurdish resistance, involving huge female participation, gives proof of authentic and revolutionary feminism. Ayşe Deniz Karacagil, the Turkish activist whose story had been illustrated by Italian comic writer Zerocalcare in “Kobane Calling”, died on May 29 in Raqqa. She was fighting in the YPJ, the Women’s Protection Units, an unexpected example of democracy, which unfortunately remains a one and only model in the whole Middle East area.
10. The Memorial to the Genocide of the Yazidis
2 August/The Kurdistan Tribune
With the benefit of hindsight we can acknowledge that the history of human beings is also a history of genocides, murder, arbitrary killings and judgments, unlawful confiscation of people’s property and all other kinds of mistreatment of human beings.
11. “You lent yourself to freedom, and freedom suited you well”
27 July/ANF News
Türkan Yüksel, nom de guerre Nûdem Maraş, who had been active in the struggle for women’s rights for a long time before joining the ranks of the Free Women’s Troops (YJA-Star), fell a marty in the city of Şırnak in Northern Kurdistan during an operation.
12. “Fighting in al-Raqqa, we fulfil our promise” Yazidi fighters
3 August/ANHA News
Fighters of Şengal Women Units partaking the campaign to liberate al-Raqqa city have commemorated the third anniversary of Şengal massacre, fighters assured that their participation in al-Raqqa liberation campaign is fulfilment of their promise to revenge.
13. “We will not be stopped!’ Women protest against Erdogan regime after spike in attacks
HUNDREDS of women protested in Istanbul against the violence and animosity they face over demands to dress more conservatively, following increasingly draconian measures from president Erdogan’s regime.
14. Three Years On From The Yazidi Genocide
3 August/Morning Star
TODAY marks the third anniversary of the genocide of thousands of Yazidis who were slaughtered by Isis jihadists in Iraq. The massacre of Mount Sinjar was officially recognised as a genocide by the UN last year and will be remembered today at events in towns and cities across the world, including London.
15. Heavy-handed police disrupt minute’s silence
4 August/Morning Star
KURDISH and Yazidi women refused to be silenced yesterday after police shut down a demonstration marking the third anniversary of the massacre at Mount Sinjar. Officers disrupted a minute’s silence in memory of Yazidi women killed by the Isis death cult in 2014.
16. Call for an International Day of Action against Feminicide
21 July/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
On August 3rd 2017 is the third anniversary of the genocidal attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS) on Êzidi (Yazidi) Kurds in the Northern Iraqi city of Sinjar. Starting on August 3, 2014 the attacks and massacres caused a humanitarian catastrophe but importantly had the genocidal objective of eradicating the whole Êzidi community. Women were systematically targeted within this genocide and therefore it also constitutes a feminicide.
17. PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF-ORGANISATION OF YEZIDI WOMEN
AND FOR A DAY AGAINST FEMINICIDE.
The 3rd August 2017 marks the third anniversary of the day in 2014 when ISIS attacked and massacred the Yazidi community in Sinjar, Iraq, systematically targeting women and girls who were killed, raped and enslaved in their thousands. This amounted to feminicide, a feminicide which continues to this day as thousands of women remain captive across Iraq, Syria and the Arabian Gulf.
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