To the women of the world:

Let us turn the 21st century into the era of women’s freedom!
From the mountains of Kurdistan, in the lands where society developed with the leadership of women, we salute you with our great freedom, passion, ambition, and unbreakable struggle. From Rojava’s neighborhoods to South America’s forests, from Europe’s streets to Africa’s plains, from the Middle East’s valleys to North America’s plazas, from Asia’s mountains to Australia’s plateaus; with our love which knows no borders and with our most revolutionary feelings, we embrace all women who intensify the struggle for freedom and equality. Continue reading

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WE DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE HALT TO TURKEY’S WAR ON THE PEOPLE OF AFRIN:   OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY

Peace in Kurdistan – Women Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria

 Dear Prime Minister

 On International Women’s Day 2018 we call on your government to acknowledge and condemn the Turkish invasion of Afrin and the attacks currently taking place there against a women’s revolution in Afrin in Northern Syria.

 The invasion constitutes a war of aggression and is therefore in breach of international law. Its continuation is in clear breach of Security Council Resolution 2401.  Continue reading

THE ATTACKS ON AFRIN TARGET WOMEN’S LIBERATION AND DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVES

Kongreya Star Committee for External Relations

Information File

Status Date: 08.02.2018
Kongreya Star Committee for External Relations

Navenda Dîplomasî ya Kongreya Star
مركز العلاقات الدبلوماسیة لمؤتمر ستار
pewendiyenjin.r@hotmail.com
r.woman.d@gmail.com
European Representation of Kongreya Star:
rojavawomen@gomail.com

INTRODUCTION

On the night before January 20, 2018, the Turkish military and its jihadist allies jointly attacked the Afrin canton. The Turkish army calls this war of aggression “Operation Olive Branch” and claims to defend itself from attacks. International lawyers disagree and in fact, the opposite is the case. In 2017 alone [see attachment 2: chronology of Turkish attacks on Afrin 2017], the Turkish military attacked the area around the northwestern corner of Syria at least dozen times with artillery in order to provoke a war. In this sense, the beginning of the attacks on January 20 was not unexpected but rather planned long ahead of time. Continue reading

ECOLOGICAL AND GENDER DIMENSIONS OF THE DEMOCRATIC CONFEDERALIST APPROACH IN SYRIAN AND TURKISH KURDISTAN: AN INTER-CULTURAL DIALOGUE

 Seminar  held on 3 February 2018 from 2-6pm  at

DLT Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London WC1H OXG View Map

 Organised by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, The Corner House, People’s Knowledge, Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Kongra-Star, Kurdistan Students Union and SOAS Kurdish Society

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

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/
1. Lawyer for jailed HDP politician Yuksekdag in Turkey: independent verdict would be a ‘miracle’
2. Turkey revokes passport of writer Aslı Erdoğan
3. Keskin: Without peace Turkey can’t be democratized
4. “It is a sacred duty for the YPJ to defend and free all women”
5. YPJ fighters: we will liberate all women
6. Female fighters plant flags in Raqqa center
7. Kurdish Women Take Up Arms to Fight Daesh on Iraqi Frontline.
8. Working as a nurse, she was imprisoned, flogged by IS
9. Women in al-Tabqa rapidly heading towards economic independence

10. Iran: Kurdish women stage a protest in Baneh
11. Life After ISIS Slavery for Yazidi Women and Children
12. Justice essential to help Iraqi victims of ISIL’s sexual violence rebuild lives – UN report
13. First course opened in Afrin Women Research Center
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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

 

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

NEWS BRIEFING AUGUST 2017

  1. YJA-Star: Forgetting the treason is being party to the cruelty
  2. YJŞ fighters: We are in Raqqa to avenge and free Êzidî women
  3. Building a case for Prosecuting the Genocide of Yazidi Women
  4. Sex-Slavery: One Aspect of the Yezidi Genocide
  5. Yazidi women fighters arrive in Raqqa to battle Islamic State
  6. More YJŞ fighters join the Great Battle of Raqqa
  7. Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock’
  8. Voices of Kurdish women’s liberation: reclaiming ‘the self’ through literary expression
  9. Modern feminism: why we should learn from Kurdish women
  10. The Memorial to the Genocide of the Yazidis
  11. “You lent yourself to freedom, and freedom suited you well”
  12. “Fighting in al-Raqqa, we fulfil our promise” Yazidi fighters
  13. “We will not be stopped!’ Women protest against Erdogan regime after spike in attacks
  14. Three Years On From The Yazidi Genocide
  15. Heavy-handed police disrupt minute’s silence
    16. Call for an International Day of Action against Feminicide
    17. PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF-ORGANISATION OF YEZIDI WOMEN AND FOR A DAY AGAINST FEMINICIDE.

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Peace in Kurdistan
Campaign for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish question

Press Release 27 July 2017

Peace in Kurdistan- Women Alliance has launched a petition in support of
Yezidi Women in Sinjar, Iraq to mark the 3rd Anniversary of the Genocide and Feminicide perpetrated by ISIS.

The petition supports the call from the Free Yazidi Women’s Movement (TAJÊ) to make 3rd August an International Day Against Feminicide.

On the 3rd August 2014 ISIS attacked and massacred the Yazidi community in Sinjar, Iraq, systematically targeting women and girls who were killed, raped and enslaved in their thousands. This amounted to feminicide, a feminicide which continues to this day as thousands of women remain captive and used as sex-slaves, across Iraq, Syria and the Arabian Gulf.

Three years on there is still no justice for these women or any concerted attempt by the international community to rescue the thousands still enslaved. The petition supports the self-determination and self-defense of women who have returned to Sinjar and who have organised to ensure they are never victimised in this way again and stands as a challenge to the continued inaction of the international community.

See the statement here:  https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/07/21/call-for-an-international-day-of-action-against-feminicide/


PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF-ORGANISATION OF YEZIDI WOMEN
AND FOR A DAY AGAINST FEMINICIDE.


We, the undersigned, express our support for our Yazidi sisters’ call for August 3rd to be declared International Day against Feminicide!

The 3rd August 2017 marks the third anniversary of the day in 2014 when ISIS attacked and massacred the Yazidi community in Sinjar, Iraq, systematically targeting women and girls who were killed, raped and enslaved in their thousands. This amounted to feminicide, a feminicide which continues to this day as thousands of women remain captive across Iraq, Syria and the Arabian Gulf.

The United Nations has officially designated what happened in Sinjar as genocide. For the Yezidis this was the 74th Genocide that they have endured in their history and one which was perpetrated by way of feminicide. With this feminicide, the Yazidi people have to face the bitter reality that their existence, their belief and their freedom can only be secured through self-determination, self-organization and self-protection. Women in particular hold the vital role in this process of self-organization in response to genocide and feminicide. They have thrown off their victimhood and will now determine and take control of their fate organized as the Free Yazidi Women’s Movement (TAJÊ) in Sinjar and in Europe.

We agree that August 3rd will be the International Day of Action against Feminicide and will raise our voices in support of this self-organisation and for the freedom of the kidnapped, enslaved and murdered women of Sinjar.


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Peace in Kurdistan
Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question
44 Ainger Road, London NW3 3AT
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Contacts Estella Schmid 020 7586 5892 <tel:020%207586%205892>  & Melanie Gingell – Tel: 020 7272 7890 <tel:020%207272%207890>
Fax: 020 7263 0596 <tel:020%207263%200596>   

Patrons: Lord Rea, Lord Dholakia, Baroness Sarah Ludford, Jill Evans MEP, Jean Lambert MEP, Julie Ward MEP,  Jeremy Corbyn MP, Hywel Williams MP, Kate Osamor MP, Elfyn Llwyd, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, John Austin, Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary,  Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, General Federations of Trade Unions, Bruce Kent, Gareth Peirce, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, James Kelman, Margaret Owen OBE, Prof Mary Davis, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Mark Thomas, Nick Hildyard, Stephen Smellie, Derek Wall, Melanie Gingell, Steve Sweeney

 

In support of Yezidi Women in Sinjar

PARLIAMENT SQUARE
3RD AUGUST 10.30am

VIGIL
IN MEMORY OF YEZIDI WOMEN VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE
AND FOR A DAY OF ACTION AGAINST FEMINICIDE.

The 3rd August 2017 marks the third anniversary of the day in 2014 when ISIS attacked and massacred the Yazidi community in Sinjar, Iraq, systematically targeting women and girls who were killed, raped and enslaved in their thousands. This amounted to feminicide, a feminicide which continues to this day as thousands of women remain captive across Iraq, Syria and the Arabian Gulf.

The United Nations has officially designated what happened in Sinjar as genocide. For the Yezidis this was the 74th Genocide that they have endured in their history and one which was perpetrated by way of feminicide. With this feminicide, the Yazidi people have to face the bitter reality that their existence, their belief and their freedom can only be secured through self-determination, self-organization and self-protection. Women in particular hold the vital role in this process of self-organization in response to genocide and feminicide. They have thrown off their victimhood and will now determine and take control of their fate organized as the Free Yazidi Women’s Movement (TAJÊ) in Sinjar and in Europe.

Come and support the call from the Free Yezidi Women’s Movement for August 3rd to be the International Day of Action against Feminicide and raise your voices in support of this self-organisation and for the freedom of the kidnapped, enslaved and murdered women of Sinjar
( https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/07/21/call-for-an-international-day-of-action-against-feminicide/).

Called by Roj Women Assembly, Peace in Kurdistan – Women Alliance, Kongra Star.

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