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

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/
1. The voice of Ocalan resonates in Latin America
2. International observers arbitrarily denied access to hearings
3. The Trial of Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtas
4. The case of Kisanak and Tuncel: Resistance and the theatrics of repression
5. Forty women killed in October 2017 in Turkey
6. Turkey ranks 105th out of 153 countries safe for women
7. Ummiye Kocak: A success story from the Turkish countryside to New York
8. Syria’s Arab, Kurdish women join forces to fight for future
9.  “The Rojava Revolution is a women’s revolution”
10.  YPJ calls on all women to turn every day into a day of struggle
11. Letter from Co-Chair of Turkey’s HDP on the Violent Treatment of Women
12. Why Kurdish Women Joined The Fight Against ISIS
13.  Democratic Federation of Northern Syria: ‘Women are the foundation of a free Society.
14. Why the Kurdish Fight for Women’s Rights Is Revolutionary
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 1. The voice of Ocalan resonates in Latin America
5 December/The Region
Above these three resonances, we find a major confluence: Women occupy the centre of Latin American movements and form the nucleus of Ocalan’s thought. Hundreds of thousands of women who feel empathy and complicity with their Rojava counterparts have been placed on the streets of Argentina by Ni Una Menos.
http://theregion.org/article/12128-the-voice-of-ocalan-resonates-in-latin-america

2. International observers arbitrarily denied access to hearings
8 December/ANF English
The international observers delegation that was denied permission to attend the hearings in Ankara of HDP Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ released a statement.
https://anfenglish.com/news/international-observers-arbitrarily-denied-access-to-hearings-23548

3. The Trial of Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtas
7 December/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
Ms Figen Yüksekdağ is charged, under the Anti Terror Law, with inciting violence, making propaganda for a terrorist organisation ( PKK)  and establishing and managing a terrorist organisation. These accusations were made on the basis of speeches she had made, as an elected MP, both inside and outside parliament between 2011 and 2015. Figen, as an elected member of parliament, and co chair of a legal political party, was simply doing her job. It was absurd to allege that her speeches were promoting terrorism. There is no evidence that she organised or is a member of a terror group.
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/12/08/the-trial-of-figen-yuksekdag-and-selahattin-demirtas/

4. The case of Kisanak and Tuncel: Resistance and the theatrics of repression
30 November/The Region
The two defendants greeted us with broad smiles as we squeezed into the small courtroom in Malatya, where the police had already occupied half the seats, forcing most of our crowd of supporters to stay outside. Gultan Kisanak, the co-mayor of Diyarbakir and Sebahat Tuncel, co-leader of a party affiliated to the Peace and Democracy Party (HDP), exchanged snatched greetings with their friends and loved ones as the trial got underway. But they weren’t really in court with us.
http://theregion.org/article/12091-the-case-of-kisanak-and-tuncel-resistance-and-the-theatrics-of-repression

5. Forty women killed in October 2017 in Turkey
5 November/ANF News
At least forty women were killed while thirty-two children were subjected to sexual abuse in October 2017, a report by We Will Stop Femicide Platform says.
https://anfenglish.com/women/forty-women-killed-on-october-2017-in-turkey-23068

6. Turkey ranks 105th out of 153 countries safe for women
31 October/ANF News
A new global index on Women, Peace, and Security released at the United Nations ranked Turkey 105th out of 153 countries. The report said that 40 percent of women are subjected to violence in Turkey.
https://anfenglish.com/women/turkey-ranks-105th-out-of-153-countries-safe-for-women-22982

7. Ummiye Kocak: A success story from the Turkish countryside to New York
6 December/The Region
Ummiye Kocak is a play writer, director and women’s rights activist who was unable to continue her education after primary school in a family of 10 siblings. 59-year-old Kocak has inspired many women struggling against patriarchal pressure and financial incapacitation in Turkey. Her first film Yun Bebek(The Wool Doll) received an award by the New York Eurasian Film Festival.
http://theregion.org/article/12135-ummiye-kocak-a-success-story-from-the-turkish-countryside-to-new-york

8. Syria’s Arab, Kurdish women join forces to fight for future
6 November/Al Monitor
At just 21 years old, Zilan’s burdens are already heavy. She has a pair of violent ex-husbands and a daughter from each. But she said she has left all that behind in her home village near Raqqa <https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/10/syria-raqqa-displaced-lebanon-islamic-state.html> , the recently liberated capital of the so-called Islamic State in Syria.
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/syria-raqqa-fight-kurds-women-sdf-islamic-state.html#ixzz50gUrDN6W

9.  “The Rojava Revolution is a women’s revolution”
25 November/ANF News
Northern Syrian Federation Executive Council Co-Presidency stressed that: “We will work with all that we have to let the principles of freedom and equality take root in the territories of the Northern Syrian Federation.”
https://anfenglish.com/women/the-rojava-revolution-is-a-women-s-revolution-23342

10.  YPJ calls on all women to turn every day into a day of struggle
25 November/ANF News
YPJ General Command said: “We respectfully salute in the person of the Mirabel sisters all fighting women who have fallen martyr in the women’s freedom struggle, and we repeat our promise to fight for the struggle of women and the whole of humanity.”
https://anfenglish.com/women/ypj-calls-on-all-women-to-turn-every-day-into-a-day-of-struggle-23341

11. Letter from Co-Chair of Turkey’s HDP on the Violent Treatment of Women
28 November/Internatioanl Criminal Law Bureau
Figen Yüksekdağ, co-chair of the pro Kurdish HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) in Turkey has written a letter about violence committed against women. She wrote it in order to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which took place on Saturday 25th November.
Ms Yüksekdağ, along with fellow co-chair Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş, is currently awaiting trial and is set to attend a legal hearing in December.
http://www.internationallawbureau.com/index.php/letter-from-co-chair-of-turkeys-hdp-on-the-violent-treatment-of-women/

12. Why Kurdish Women Joined The Fight Against ISIS
26 June/WBUR
Groups of female Kurdish fighters, known as Women’s Protection Units, have been fighting on the front lines against ISIS for years. While they have been glamorized by Western media, little is known about the women and their motivations for fighting.
http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/06/26/kurdish-women-fight-isis

13.  Democratic Federation of Northern Syria: ‘Women are the foundation of a free society’
25 November/The Region
It’s been 57 years since the Mirabal sisters, four heroic women who stood up to Rafael Trujilo’s dictatorial regime in the Dominican Republic, were kidnapped and beaten to death. For decades their struggle and courage was hailed as an important moment in the history of women uprooting patriarchy. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly dedicated the anniversary of their death, the 25th of November, as the International Day of the Elimination of violence against women.
http://theregion.org/article/12039-democratic-federation-of-northern-syria-039-women-are-the-foundation-of-a-free-society-039

14. Why the Kurdish Fight for Women’s Rights Is Revolutionary
Huffington Post
As noted Arab feminist and writer Nawal El Saadawi said in a statement , “Kurdish women lead a war for freedom and democracy against oppression and subservience and tell the world that women are equal to men. They represent women throughout the world.” Indeed women in other parts of Kurdistan and the diaspora have been looking to the women in Kobani as evidence of “a new hope” and an “aspiration for a real transformation of gender roles.”
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-nazand-begikhani/kurdish-women-rights-fight_b_6205076.html

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