NEWS BRIEFING March-April 2019

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

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

  1. Owen Joins Hunger Strike
  2. British Human Rights Lawyer Owen: Support the hunger strikers
  3. Kurdish hunger strikers saluted at 8 March rally in London
  4. Paris 8 March celebration commended Leyla Güven
  5. HPG-YJA Star guerrillas celebrate April 4
  6. Isis women must be repatriated and de-radicalised
  7. Women, children leaving IS stronghold overwhelm Syrian camp
    8. Six years of YPJ: growing and changing society – PART I
  8. Kurdish women prepare for a life after IS. VIDEO
  9. Pictures of the Day: 28 March 2019
  10. Syria: Women must play active role in shaping the country’s future | Amnesty International
  11. Elections, expense scandals and Women’s Day in Turkish headlines
  12. Erdogan slams women’s day rally over ‘rude’ behaviour
  13. HDP women win big in Turkey elections despite party setbacks

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  1. Margaret Owen Joins Hunger Strike

3 April/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

On Tuesday 2nd April Margaret Owen OBE, lawyer, Patron of Peace in Kurdistan, and Director of Widows Through Peace and Democracy will commence a hunger strike in solidarity with Kurdish hunger strikers across Europe, calling for an end to the unlawful prison conditions of Abdullah Ocalan the jailed Kurdish leader.  Owen has been a passionate advocate for Kurdish rights for many years, and now at the age of 86 has decided to take this very significant step.

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2019/04/03/margaret-owen-joins-hunger-strike/

 

  1. British Human Rights Lawyer Owen: Support the hunger strikers

4 April/ANF English

British international human rights lawyer Margaret Owen OBE has started a 5-day hunger strike in the Democratic Kurdish Community Centre in London.

Owen began her fast on Tuesday to express solidarity with Kurdish hunger activists on hunger strike demanding the end of the isolation imposed on Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan.

A press conference was organised to present the action.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/british-human-rights-lawyer-owen-support-the-hunger-strikers-34074

 

Kurdish hunger strikers saluted at 8 March rally in London

  1. 9 March/ANF

Thousands of women rallied in central London to mark 8 March, International Women’s Day.

Women sent messages of solidarity to women on hunger strike demanding the end of isolation.

Thousands of women joined the action on Friday evening in front of the Bank of England in central London.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/kurdish-hunger-strikers-saluted-at-8-march-rally-in-london-33488

 

  1. Paris 8 March celebration commended Leyla Güven

9 March/ANF

8 March, International Working Women’s Day in Paris was organised by a platform created by many national and international women’s organizations.

The celebrations started in the center of Paris, at République Square, where the women lied on the ground to represent women murdered by men.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/paris-8-march-celebration-commended-leyla-gueven-33483

 

  1. HPG-YJA Star guerrillas celebrate April 4

4 April/ANF

HPG-YJA Star guerrillas celebrated April 4, Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan’s birthday, in the Medya Defense Zones. HPG-YJA Star Commanders Tekosin Toprak and Orhan Bingol also attended the celebration.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/hpg-yja-star-guerrillas-celebrate-april-4-34082

 

  1. Isis women must be repatriated and deradicalised

19 March/The Irish Times

ardcore jihadi fighters have held out for weeks in a shrinking corner of the Syrian village of Baghouz, besieged by Kurdish forces. Jihadis fight on because they have no option; no future. Islamic State (Isis) no longer has a state: territory it conquered has fallen to its enemies.

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/isis-women-must-be-repatriated-and-deradicalised-1.3830528

 

  1. Women, children leaving IS stronghold overwhelm Syrian camp
    19 March/Al Monitor

    AL-HOL, Syria — Like a flock of ravens, the women hover around the food supplies, their black burqas fluttering in the breeze. But even through the narrowest of eye slits, their origins can be distinguished. Africans, Asians, Europeans and Arabs, they span the continents. The ethnic constellation of children around them might offer further clues, but these are the wives and widows of Islamic State fighters now sheltering at the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria. Some have borne offspring from multiple husbands from multiple countries, and now they are on their own.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/03/syria-camp-islamic-state-women-children-displaced.html#ixzz5k8fWGDSZ

  1. Six years of YPJ: growing and changing society – PART I

4 March/ANF

Six years ago the Women’s Defense Units were founded. YPJ spokeswoman Nesrin Abdullah takes a look back to the early days when Kurdish women in Rojava took up arms.

https://anfenglish.com/features/six-years-of-ypj-growing-and-changing-society-part-i-34090

 

  1. Kurdish women prepare for a life after IS. VIDEO

10 March/Channel 4

Military attempts to clear Islamic State fighters out of final enclave of Baghouz in eastern Syria have stepped up again this evening, with footage emerging of clashes by United States-backed forces taking place.

https://www.channel4.com/news/kurdish-women-prepare-for-a-life-after-is

 

  1. Pictures of the Day: 28 March 2019

28 March/The Telegraph

Fighters from the Women’s Protection Units Dancing.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/28/pictures-day-28-march-2019/fighters-kurdish-womens-protection-units-ypj-perform-traditional/

 

  1. Syria: Women must play active role in shaping the country’s future | Amnesty International

08 March/Amnesty International

Syrian women must have an official and active role in shaping the country’s future Amnesty International said today, as it launched a new campaign highlighting the gender-based violations women have experienced during the conflict and the failure to include them in discussions and decision-making about the future.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/03/syria-women-must-play-active-role-in-shaping-the-countrys-future/

 

  1. Elections, expense scandals and Women’s Day in Turkish headlines

10 March/Ahval News

Pro-government daily Star started the week in full-on election mode with a headline story dedicated to exposing the ills of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

The front-page piece took a CHP district mayor from Istanbul to task for the fleet of 231 rental cars he has kept at a monthly cost of 4 million lira.

https://ahvalnews.com/media-roundup/elections-expense-scandals-and-womens-day-turkish-headlines

 

  1. Erdogan slams women’s day rally over ‘rude’ behaviour

10 March/France 24

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday lambasted participants of the International Women’s Day march in Istanbul over what he described as “disrespect” during the Islamic call to prayer.

Police fired tear gas on Friday at thousands after authorities issued a statement banning any demonstration on the famous Istiklal avenue before the march, although the event has previously taken place peacefully.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190310-erdogan-slams-womens-day-rally-over-rude-behaviour

 

  1. HDP women win big in Turkey elections despite party setbacks

3 April/Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) female candidates seem to have made big gains in Turkey’s local elections on Sunday although their party performed poorly, according to unofficial initial results.
“I thank all our people for going to polls with all their heart despite all the fraud,” tweeted Bedia Ozgokce Ertan, a potential female winner from the HDP, on Monday.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/020420191

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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