WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA NEWS BRIEFING JANUARY 2018

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

1. The unsung roots of Women’s Revolution in Rojava
2. Jin TV, a new Kurdish station dedicated to women
3. Fighting with Sara’s spirit will be the guarantee of a free life
4. Thousands rally for Sakine, Fidan and Leyla in Paris
5. Five years on, Kurds march in Paris to demand justice for slain activists
6. MIT administrators arrested by the PKK
7. Turkish President Erdogan’s Paris visit slammed as ‘insult to Kurds’
8. Syrian Kurds turn to Arab women to cement hold on power
9. Armenian parliament recognizes Yazidi genocide
10.  Jineology Conference in Northern Syria ends
11. Raqqan women step into freedom from slavery
12. YJCR’s call for women in Iran and Rojhilat
13. Another mass grave of 80 Êzidî women discovered
14. 52 woman journalists detained in 2017 in Turkey
15. The Revolution of Rojava and Northern Syria is the Revolution of Women
16. New Book Out: The Kurdish Women of Turkey – Building a Nation, Struggling for Gender Parity
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1. The unsung roots of Women’s Revolution in Rojava
15 January/The Region
Kurdish women have pioneered the developments in northern Syria since 2012. They transformed the ‘Arab Spring’ into a ‘People’s Spring’, and in the midst of the chaos of war, they seized the chance to wrest their own destiny from the hands of others. Throughout their own revolutionary process, women have taken on a leading role in many fields, from the defense of the homelands against Islamic State (IS) to daily politics, and from education to diplomacy. The atmosphere of the revolution has allowed women to broaden the space for extensive discussions on gender equality and women’s self-defence. The conflict in Syria has shifted traditional roles within communities, and more women are starting to play leading roles in politics at all levels.
http://theregion.org/article/12482-the-unsung-roots-of-women-039-s-revolution-in-rojava

2. Jin TV, a new Kurdish station dedicated to women
10 January/The Region
The Newa Women’s Foundation announced that a new women’s television station will begin broadcasting in the upcoming days. The announcement came on the anniversary of the deaths of Sara Sakine-Cansiz, Layla Saylemaz and Fidan Dogan —  three Kurdish activists who were murdered in 2013 in the heart of Paris. The TV station will be dedicated in their memory.
http://theregion.org/article/12426-jin-tv-a-new-kurdish-station-dedicated-to-women

3. Fighting with Sara’s spirit will be the guarantee of a free life
9 January/ANF English
“The struggle of comrade Sara will be a victory, foremost to the Kurdish women flocking to the revolutionary struggle, and for the rest of all other women and humanity. In the history of the Kurdish people, conspiracies were planned and practiced continuously by Kurdistan’s colonists. This truth has come out once again in the 20th century, on Leader Apo, the pioneer of Democratic Confederalism, in 1999.
https://anfenglish.com/women/fighting-martyr-sara-s-spirit-will-be-the-guarantee-of-a-free-lif-24099

4. Thousands rally for Sakine, Fidan and Leyla in Paris
06 Jan/ANF
Thousands from France, German, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and other European countries have gathered in Paris today to commemorate the three revolutionary Kurdish women, PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) founding member Sakine Cansız (Sara), KNK (Kurdistan National Congress) member Fidan Doğan (Rojbîn) and Kurdish Youth Organization member Leyla Şaylemez (Ronahî) who were murdered in the heart of French capital city Paris with three bullets to their heads on January 9, 2013.
https://anfenglish.com/news/thousands-rally-for-sakine-fidan-and-leyla-in-paris-24062

5. Five years on, Kurds march in Paris to demand justice for slain activists
08 January/FRANCE 24
Thousands of Kurds protested in Paris on Saturday over the failure of the French authorities to convict anyone over the 2013 murders of three female Kurdish rebels in the French capital.
http://www.france24.com/en/20180106-france-kurds-turkey-five-years-march-paris-demand-justice-2013-slain-activists

6. MIT administrators arrested by the PKK
06 January/ANF
The Turkish MiT (National Intelligence Organization) administrators who had been captured in a counter-intelligence operation by HPG Special Forces as they were on their way to assassinate PKK administrators, spoke in front of the cameras. As the Turkish state and media continued their silence on the MİT administrators held by the PKK for the last 5 months, KCK issued a written statement on January 3 and shared the photographs and identity information of the captured MİT administrators.
https://anfenglish.com/news/mit-administrators-arrested-by-the-pkk-speak-24056

7. Turkish President Erdogan’s Paris visit slammed as ‘insult to Kurds’
03 January/RFI
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit Paris Friday, a move that has been slammed as an “outrageous provocation” by the French Communist Party because it comes the day before a commemoration of the murder of three Kurdish activists in Paris five years ago. “The French judicial system was very clear in pointing to evidence that Turkish secret services were involved in this crime,” a Communist Party statement said on Tuesday.
http://en.rfi.fr/france/20180103-turkish-presidents-visit-france-slammed-communist-party-insult-kurds

8. Syrian Kurds turn to Arab women to cement hold on power
08 January/Financial Times (Reddit)
For years, the PKK has tried with mixed success to spread Mr Ocalan’s ideology of stateless governance, which he calls “the democratic nation”, among Kurdish communities across the Middle East. But it is its sister organisation, the SDF, that has the first chance to try implementing the ideology beyond guerrilla mountain strongholds. Backed by US air support, the SDF has battled Isis and capitalised on the chaos of Syria’s six-year war to control a quarter of the country. For the SDF, promoting these concepts is not just about principles — it is also a pragmatic move as the group looks to consolidate its control now that Isis has been driven from its main strongholds.
https://www.ft.com/content/1d309a50-f084-11e7-b220-857e26d1aca4  https://www.reddit.com/r/syriancivilwar/comments/7owvv8/syrian_kurds_turn_to_arab_women_to_cement_hold_on/dsd4g51/

9. Armenian parliament recognizes Yazidi genocide
17 January/ANF News
The Armenian parliament has recognized the atrocity and crimes committed against Kurdish Yazidi community as genocide, and called on the international community to take measures to ensure the safety and protection of the Yazidi people
https://anfenglish.com/news/armenian-parliament-recognizes-yazidi-genocide-24226

10.  Jineology Conference in Northern Syria ends
14 January/ANF News
On Friday and Saturday, women attended the first conference on Jineology -the science of women aimed at developing a sociology, and practice behind it, based on truth and equality- in Derîk city of Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.
https://anfenglish.com/women/jineology-conference-in-northern-syria-ends-24175

11. Raqqan women step into freedom from slavery
12 January/ANF News
Raqqan women’s lives had been hell during the ISIS invasion, but now they are taking part in every institution and organization in the city to make their own paths.
https://anfenglish.com/women/raqqan-women-step-into-freedom-from-slavery-24147

12. YJCR’s call for women in Iran and Rojhilat
9 January/ANF News
Eastern Kurdistan Young Women’s Union (YJCR) called on women in Iran and Rojhilat to “participate in the insurgency in a stronger and more organized fashion”.
https://anfenglish.com/women/yjcr-s-call-for-women-in-iran-and-rojhilat-2498

12. Iranian and Rojhilat women: “We won’t go back home”
4 January/ANF News
Iranian and Rojhilati female writers, intellectuals, academics and activists have declared support for the protests launched by the peoples of Iran and Rojhilat (Eastern Kurdistan) against poverty, unemployment and misogynist and oppressive policies of the Iranian regime. Iranian and Rojhilati women living outside of the country have started a petition in support of the popular protests and called for participation.
https://anfenglish.com/women/iranian-and-rojhilat-women-we-won-t-go-back-home-24011

13. Another mass grave of 80 Êzidî women discovered
30 December/ANF News
Thousands of Êzidîs were captured and sold in markets in various provinces in Iraq and Syria as part of the genocide. Thousands of others were massacred. It has been 3 years since the genocide, and just recently another mass grave has been discovered with bodies of 80 women near Shengal city center. The mass grave was announced to the public by Êzidî MP in the Iraqi parliament Hacî Kundur’s statement to the Al Ghad Press Agency.
https://anfenglish.com/women/another-mass-grave-of-80-Ezidi-women-discovered-23935

14. 52 woman journalists detained in 2017 in Turkey
29 December/ANF News
Mesopotamia Woman Journalists Platform held a press conference in the Amed branch offices of the Human Rights Association (İnsan Hakları Derneği – İHD) to announce their report on the rights violations against women journalists and the press in 2017.
https://anfenglish.com/women/52-woman-journalists-detained-in-2017-in-turkey-23911

15. The Revolution of Rojava and Northern Syria is the Revolution of Women
12 January/Washington Kurdish Institute
Since the establishment of the self-rule administration in Rojava (western Kurdistan, the part of Kurdistan lying within Syria’s borders) and northern Syria following the uprising in Syria, the role of the Kurdish woman has increased and concurrently gained prominence on the local and global stage. The world has been captivated and inspired by the heroic battle waged by armed Kurdish women against terror groups in Syria. While the female fighters of Rojava and northern Syria have attracted the world’s attention, the story of the revolution in northern Syria and the liberation and empowerment of the region’s women entails much more than the military victories of the Kurdish female fighters and their non-Kurdish allies.
http://dckurd.org/2018/01/12/the-revolution-of-rojava-and-northern-syria-is-the-revolution-of-women/

BOOK REVIEW
New Book Out: The Kurdish Women of Turkey – Building a Nation, Struggling for Gender Parity
Actively engaged in an ethno-nationalist struggle since the 1980s, the story of the Kurdish women of Turkey is one current example of women’s involvement in shaping the history of the region. This book focuses upon Kurdish women of Turkey and the ongoing evolution of their role in defining and mobilizing the Kurdish quest for recognition as a people within and against the Republic of Turkey.
https://kurdishstudiesnetwork.net/2018/01/11/new-book-out-the-kurdish-women-of-turkey-building-a-nation-struggling-for-gender-parity/

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