- Dear Women and Sisters: we once again invite you stand besides us in the second phase of
Women Rise Up For Afrin campaign
15 November/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
We are a network of women standing up against the unlawful occupation of Afrin by the Turkish state and its collaborating jihadist groups. On February 8th 2018 Kongra Star started the “Women Rise up For Afrin” campaign in Afrin, focusing mainly on the Middle East. In Europe and South America, it started on the International Women’s Day, on March 8th 2018, when women from all over the world began taking part in different activities against the Turkish occupation. The actions you carried out for Women Rise Up For Afrin had a lot of impact around the world and made visible Turkish true colours and intentions.
- Sinam Mohamad
@sinam56 Representative of Syrian Democratic Council in USA:
We strongly condemn the Turkish attacks against Minbij and Kobany. The victims of these attacks are always civilians. We are not a threat to Turkey. We have the right to defend our people, our region, our communities against outside attack.
- Kurdish women protest after being told by Turkish-backed militias to wear the hijab
Turkish-backed jihadi militiamen, who seized the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria earlier this year, have put up posters carrying instructions about obedience to sharia law beside the outline of a woman wearing a full niqab – a black garment shrouding the body and face.
- The Women of the Revolution: inside the Kurdish Rojava Revolution
9 September/The Herald
A remarkable story is unfolding that defies the usual narrative about Syria.In contrast to the misogyny and anti-democratic values of the jihadists of the Islamic State group, an extraordinary egalitarian and pluralist engagement is under way. Foreign Editor David Pratt goes to the heart of the Kurdish Rojava Revolution and meets some of the women making it happen.
- Interview with the Free Women’s Movement (TJA) in North Kurdistan: AYŞE GÖKKAN, GÜLCIHAN ŞIMŞEK, MAHIR KURTAY, and ANYA BRIY
23 October/Open Democracy
“Actually, we have been calling our experience World War III. This is a war of destruction. The state does not call it a war, but this is the experience of those affected.”
After the Syrian Kurds’ fight for Kobane against ISIS in 2014-5, many across the world were suddenly made aware of the Kurdish women’s movement. What has not reached us, however, is a much wider context that enabled the Kurdish women-fighters to confidently take up arms to defend themselves and their people. The unprecedented accomplishments of the Kurdish women predated Kobane and the war in Syria. They are rooted in the evolution of Turkey’s Kurdish liberation movement, as it is represented by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and in the ideological shift of its leader, Abdullah Ocalan.
- Recognising the Bravery of Kurdish Women
The Kurdish Project/October 12 2018
It felt startlingly pertinent when, last week, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two activists who have devoted their careers to the epidemics of sexual violence in their respective homelands. The prize was awarded to 63-year-old Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecological surgeon who has dedicated his practice to the treatment of victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The award was also given to a survivor — 25-year-old Nadia Murad is a Yazidi-Kurdish survivor of genocidal rape by the Islamic State in northern Iraq. The Yazidis, a religious minority within the Kurdish community, and the Kurds as an entire ethnic group within the Middle East, have been systematically targeted and persecuted by the ruthless forces of ISIS.
- TURKEY: LIFT THE BAN ON PEACEFUL ‘SATURDAY MOTHERS’ PROTEST : ACTION
In February 2011 you met with 12 relatives of some of the hundreds of people disappeared. At that meeting, you made a promise that your government would start work on enforced disappearances, one of the most serious human rights violations in Turkey. Seven years on, the families are still demanding truth and justice….
- Kurdish women lead the fight for gender equality in the Middle East
8 November/Kurdistan 24
In a time when journalists are being assassinated strategically and called “the enemy of the people,” a group of female journalists and writers are courageously raising their voices and educate others how to do the same.
- Kurdish woman accused of murder hanged by Iran
November 14/Kurdistan 24
Sharareh Eliasi, a Kurdish woman from Sanandaj, was hanged in the province’s central prison on Tuesday according to Hengaw, a group which reports on human rights violations involving Kurds in Iran.
- Young Kurdish Woman Hanged At The Central Prison Of Sanandaj
15 November/Iran Human Rights Monitor
Young Kurdish woman, Sharareh Eliasi was executed a few hours ago at Central Prison of Sanandaj, west Iran. She was only 27 at the time of execution.
- Iran to execute two Kurdish women on adultery charges
November 5/Kurdistan 24
An Iranian court recently sentenced to death two Kurdish women on adultery charges, a Kurdish rights group reported on Monday.
- Iran: young Kurdish woman executed after unfair trial
2 October/Amnesty International UK
Zeinab Sekaanvand hanged this morning despite being only 17 at time of alleged crime
Sekaanvand was married at 15, suffered domestic abuse and reportedly endured torture during her police interrogation
Hers is the fifth execution of a juvenile offender in Iran this year
‘Her execution is profoundly unjust’ – Philip Luther
- Turkish gov’t jails yet another woman with 25-day-old baby
November 13/Stockholm Centre for Freedom
In a 28-page report issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in March 2018 emphasized on the detention, arrest, and torture of pregnant women and children in Turkey in 2017.
- Duhok film festival: Empowering women in Kurdish cinema
Empowering women to break the glass ceiling in Kurdistan’s male dominated culture was the subject of a special panel discussion at the Duhok International Film Festival (DIFF) on Tuesday.
Women Weaving the Future Conference.
Full video of Conference:
- Video: Speech by Jade Daniels Los Angeles Black Lives Matter at Women Weaving the Future Conference.
- Video: Speech by Rohash Shexo , Kongra Star.
- JinTV – Nazan Üstündağ talks to Debbie Bookchin and Jade Daniels
- JinTV – Nazan Üstündağ talks to Radha Dsouza and Sylvia Marcos
Peace in Kurdistan
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