WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA – NEWS BRIEFING FEB 2020

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NEWS BRIEFING February 2020

NEWS

  1. In a powerful speech at the EU parliament in Brussels, mother of slain female Syrian Kurdish politician demands trial of her daughter’s murderers
  2. KJK Coordination denounces the February conspiracy against Abdullah Öcalan
  3. #TheLongMarch for the freedom of Öcalan and the Kurdish people begins alongside 1,400 internationalists
  4. Egregious violations continue against women in Turkish-occupied areas of Northern Syria despite international silence
  5. Renowned Turkish novelist Asli Erdoğan is acquitted of charges in “terror” trial
  6. Turkmen women reject Russian aid, demand an end to Turkish occupation
  7. Armenian woman now at the head of the Euphrates Region Administration
  8. Over 500 women gather to rise for change in Amed (Diyarbakir) despite Turkish police repression
  9. Hundreds of Iraqi women challenge al-Sadr’s call for segregation

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In memory of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla

Statement, 9 January 2020

Today, 9 January 2020, we mark the seventh anniversary of the brutal assassinations of Sakine Cansiz and her colleagues Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez in their office at the Kurdish Information Centre in Paris on 9th January 2013. We remember them in love, respect and gratitude and pay tribute to their remarkable achievements and fortitude. Continue reading “In memory of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla”

(AUDIO) The Kurdish Women’s Movement: On Revolution, Militarism and Body Politics

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The Kurdish Women’s Movement: On Revolution, Militarism and Body Politics

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Women have been at the forefront of many of the political and military struggles in the Kurdish Middle East, most visibly so since the outbreak of the ‘Rojava Revolution’ in 2012. But women have in fact since the foundation of the PKK in 1978 played an integral role in the ideological and political development of the Liberation Movement as a whole; as guerrillas, activists, politicians, mothers and prisoners. Isabel Käser will trace the complex history of the Kurdish Women’s Liberation Movement, discuss how women’s autonomous organisational structures have emerged and how they operate today between the mountains and the cities of the four different parts of Kurdistan. Her talk analyses the emancipatory power this movement holds but also unpacks some of the tensions that emerge from the interplay between militarism, the party’s body politics and the movement’s revolutionary quest for a more democratic Middle East. Recorded on 4 June.
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Isabel Käser holds a PhD from SOAS where she worked on the Kurdish Women’s Movement. Her work contributes to debates around gender and war, feminism and nationalism, as well as conflict and body politics.

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Jineology – science of women, science of revolution

Camilla Power is an activist and academic. She has been teaching anthropology for over 20 years at University of East London. With the Radical Anthropology Group, she researches the role of women in human origins, and the evolution of language, art and symbolism. She has done fieldwork on gender and ritual with Hadza women of Tanzania. 

“If women combine forces they can make a huge revolution”

With these words, Fawza Yusif, cofounder of the umbrella women’s organization Kongreya Star, launched the founding congress of the Women’s Council of Northern and Eastern Syria (Jun 14 2019).

shahmaran

The Painting of Şahmaran outside the Jineology centre in Derik.

 

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Jineology – science of women, science of revolution

Camilla Power, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of East London

“If women combine forces they can make a huge revolution”

With these words,  Fouwza Yusuf, cochair of Kongreya Star launched the founding congress of the Women’s Council of Northern and Eastern Syria (Jun 14 2019).

Practical evidence for women “making ourselves powerful” and “building a new life” was all around us. As a Perwerde delegation of US and European academics invited by Rojava University, we brought a message of solidarity to this historic congress. It was one of the most multicultural events I have witnessed with translations across four, five or more languages, and representation from multiethnic and multireligious communities, Islamic, Christian and also the preAbrahamic Yezidi. Women wore dazzling celebratory costumes showing off their traditions, alongside the more practical military fatigues of the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units). Continue reading “Jineology – science of women, science of revolution”

Statement from Leyla Guven and other HDP deputies:

The statement of the HDP deputies said the following;
“After eight years, Mr. Öcalan has had a meeting with his lawyers. This meeting is historic and of great importance. However, it also brings into question “In what kind of a country are we living that we feel happy over a visit of lawyers that has been arbitrarily and unlawfully prohibited so far?” True, we are all experiencing a bittersweet happiness. Bodies have been melting away to make sure that this meeting takes place. 8 young people have ended their lives for this visit to take place. Our mothers are dragged on the ground every day in order for this meeting to take place, in order for this state to implement its own laws, in order for laws to be equal for everyone.

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