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

 

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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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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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Call for an International Day of Action against Feminicide

Let’s make August 3rd the International Day of Struggle

against Feminicide through our joint organization!

On August 3rd 2017 is the third anniversary of the genocidal attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS) on Êzidi (Yazidi) Kurds in the Northern Iraqi city of Sinjar. Starting on August 3, 2014 the attacks and massacres caused a humanitarian catastrophe but importantly had the genocidal objective of eradicating the whole Êzidi community. Women were systematically targeted within this genocide and therefore it also constitutes a feminicide.
On August 3, 2014 the world became witness to a genocidal attack by IS, having the ultimate goal of eliminating one of the oldest religious communities in the world, the Êzidis. Rendered helpless and defenceless when the peshmerga troops of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) withdrew from their positions in Sinjar without prior warning, the Êzidi community suffered systematic massacre, rape, torture, displacement, enslavement of girls and women and forced recruitment of boys as child soldiers.
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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 APRIL 2017

NEWS
1. Twelve Members of Kurdish Women’s Force, YPJ, Killed in Turkish Airstrikes
2. YPJ Spox: We will withdraw from Raqqa if US doesn’t show concrete reaction to Turkey airstrikes
3. Women and Defense Workshop Kicks off in Rojava
4.MSD Co-Chair Ehmad: YPJ is the Guarantee of Women and Future
5. In Turkey’s Referendum, Women’s Rights are on the Ballot
6.Merkel Urges Turkey to Respond to Irregularities in Referendum
7.
Blood flowed instead of tears-1
8. Blood Flowed Instead of Tears 2
9. Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Remain Trapped By Trauma
10. Ezidi Women Take Over the Vigil for Ocalan in Strasburg
11. Nine Kurdish Yezidis Freed from IS
12. The Women Who Escaped ISIS
13. Self Immolations on the Rise among Kurdish Women in Iraqi Kurdistan Continue reading

STATE TERROR, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, AND AUTHORITARIANISM IN TURKEY

Report of the Third Imrali Peace Delegation, based on its Visit to Turkey, Feb. 13-19, 2017.

INTRODUCTION

The events of the past year-and-a-half demonstrate very clearly that there can be no democracy in Turkey without a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish question. The political situation in the country has deteriorated dramatically over the past year-and-a-half, since the breakdown of the peace process in mid-June 2015, and especially since the failed coup in mid-July 2016.

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Ezidi Women’s Conference March 2017 Germany.

Report by Peace in Kurdistan Women Alliance:

The first International Conference for Ezidi women took place in Germany last weekend providing an opportunity for a diverse group of women to come together to discuss, in their mother tongue, the Ezidi genocide and its aftermath. The high-level conference gave a platform to an authoritative group of women, representing both those who had survived the genocide, and those whose expertise ranged from the ethnic, political, historical, and psychological aspects of what had occurred. Continue reading

Peace in Kurdistan Women’s Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria Statement for International Women’s Day

In memory of Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan, and Leyla Şaylemez, assassinated in Paris in 2013 and three KJA executive members, Sêvê Demir, Pakize Nayir and Fatma Uyar, assassinated in Turkey 2016.

On the 107th International Women’s Day, 2017, we salute the heroic resistance of Kurdish Women in Syria, Turkey, and Iraq.

For 7 years the women of the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units) have battled to liberate themselves not only from the systematic sexual violence of ISIS, but also from the patriarchal values expressed in minds, in communities and across all regions of the world. Their slogan is “We will defeat the attacks of the Islamic State by securing the liberation of the women of the Middle East”. Continue reading

Resistance and Living Utopia: Women’s Liberation and Democratic Autonomy in Syrian Kurdistan

WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH – UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

The School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester in association with Peace in Kurdistan – Women Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria are pleased to invite to a seminar on International Women’s Day.

5.30-7.30pm in Attenborough Tower Lecture Theatre 1

The Rojava revolution in Northern Syria is at its heart, a women’s revolution. The majority Kurdish regions in Northern Syria are undergoing a profound democratic transformation that offers the possibility of peace and freedom with the full participation of women. Continue reading