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

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/
1. Lawyer for jailed HDP politician Yuksekdag in Turkey: independent verdict would be a ‘miracle’
2. Turkey revokes passport of writer Aslı Erdoğan
3. Keskin: Without peace Turkey can’t be democratized
4. “It is a sacred duty for the YPJ to defend and free all women”
5. YPJ fighters: we will liberate all women
6. Female fighters plant flags in Raqqa center
7. Kurdish Women Take Up Arms to Fight Daesh on Iraqi Frontline.
8. Working as a nurse, she was imprisoned, flogged by IS
9. Women in al-Tabqa rapidly heading towards economic independence

10. Iran: Kurdish women stage a protest in Baneh
11. Life After ISIS Slavery for Yazidi Women and Children
12. Justice essential to help Iraqi victims of ISIL’s sexual violence rebuild lives – UN report
13. First course opened in Afrin Women Research Center
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1. Lawyer for jailed HDP politician Yuksekdag in Turkey: independent verdict would be a ‘miracle’
5 July/DW
The former co-chair of Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Figen Yuksekdag, appeared in court in Ankara on July 4. The court adjourned on opening day, setting the next trial date for September 18.
http://www.dw.com/en/lawyer-for-jailed-hdp-politician-yuksekdag-in-turkey-independent-verdict-would-be-a-miracle/a-39555860

2. Turkey revokes passport of writer Aslı Erdoğan
30 August/ANF English
Prominent author and human rights defender Aslı Erdoğan had been jailed for 4,5 months and then released on probation last year for being member of the Publication Advisory Council of Özgür Gündem daily.
https://anfenglish.com/freedom-of-the-press/turkey-revokes-passport-of-writer-asli-erdogan-21827

3. Keskin: Without peace Turkey can’t be democratized
15 September/Kurdish Info
Lawyer Eren Keskin spoke to ANF about the Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) killing 1 civilian and wounding 3 in Hakkari’s Oğul (Tale) village and said the White Toros cars used in the extrajudicial killings of the ‘90s have been replaced by the UCAVs today. Keskin said the lynching campaigns launched against Sezgin Tanrıkulu who brought the issue to public attention are a sign for a serious issue.
http://www.kurdishinfo.com/keskin-without-peace-turkey-cant-democratized

4. “It is a sacred duty for the YPJ to defend and free all women”
12 September/ANF English

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched the ‘Operation Cizire Storm’ on June 9 to liberate the east of the Euphrates and Deir ez-Zor from ISIS from two fronts.
https://anfenglish.com/women/it-is-a-sacred-duty-for-the-ypj-to-defend-and-free-all-women-22058

5. YPJ fighters: we will liberate all women
14 August/ANHA News
AL-RAQQA- Women Protection Units (YPJ)have promised all women in al-Raqqa city saying” do not worry, YPJ will liberate all women in al-Raqqa city from IS gangs. YPJ fighters effectively partaking al-Raqqa liberation campaign, they have shown heroic resistance in the frontlines fighting Islamic State gangs.
http://en.hawarnews.com/ypj-fighters-we-will-liberate-all-women/

 6. Female fighters plant flags in Raqqa center
13 September /ANF English
The Great Battle launched by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to liberate Raqqa of ISIS invasion is on its 100th day. There are intense clashes in Raqqa city center between SDF fighters and ISIS gangs.
https://anfenglish.com/women/female-fighters-plant-flags-in-raqqa-center-2208

7. Kurdish Women Take Up Arms to Fight Daesh on Iraqi Frontline.15 August/Sputnik News
Tenacity, determination and combat is the motto of Kurdish women fighters in the south of Iraq’s Kirkuk province, half of which is controlled by terrorists of Daesh group.
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201708151056465801-kurdish-women-fight-iraq-daesh/

8. Working as a nurse, she was imprisoned, flogged by IS
10 September/ANHA News Agency
Like all women who have been humiliated by IS mercenaries, she has been imprisoned and flogged 40 lashes because she was working and trying to help her parents secure a living to survive.
http://en.hawarnews.com/working-as-a-nurse-she-was-imprisoned-flogged-by-is/

9. Women in al-Tabqa rapidly heading towards economic independence
9 September/ANHA News Agency
AL-TABQA– The Women’s Council of al-Tabqa started working on the project of opening a women’s sewing workshop to strengthen the popular heritage of women. The first work of the workshop will be the sewing school uniforms for students, coinciding with the beginning of the academic year, which is due to start in early October.
http://en.hawarnews.com/women-in-al-tabqa-rapidly-heading-towards-economic-independence/

10. Iran: Kurdish women stage a protest in Baneh
8 September/NCR Iran
A group of Kurdish women staged a protest rally on September 7, 2017, in Baneh, in the Kurdistan of Iran. They protested the shooting and arbitrary killing of Kurdish porters by security forces.
http://www.women.ncr-iran.org/iran-women-news/4277-iran-kurdish-women-stage-a-protest-in-baneh

11. Life After ISIS Slavery for Yazidi Women and Children
31 September/The New Yorker
This summer, Iraqi forces finally drove isis out of Mosul and most of northern Iraq. But for the Yazidis, a long persecuted religious and ethnic minority who practice a faith with pre-Zoroastrian roots and Islamic and Christian influences, stability is still a distant prospect. isis militants consider the Yazidis infidels and have subjected them to systematic killings, rape, and pillage.
https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/life-after-isis-slavery-for-yazidi-women-and-children

 12. Justice essential to help Iraqi victims of ISIL’s sexual violence rebuild lives – UN report
26 August/Nadia Murad.org
The Iraqi Government needs to ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived rape and other forms of sexual violence by ISIL fighters receive care, protection, and justice and that children born as a result of such violence do not face a life of discrimination and abuse, a UN report published today says.
http://www.nadiamurad.org/blog/2017/8/26/justice-essential-to-help-iraqi-victims-of-isils-sexual-violence-rebuild-lives-un-report

13. First course opened in Afrin Women Research Center
11 September/ANHA News Agency
During the five-day course, the Center would attempt to raise the level of giving lectures and broaden the intellectual horizon of the participants in the course so that they would be able to give lectures to the people in the region.
http://en.hawarnews.com/first-course-opened-in-afrin-women-research-center/

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