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

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Free women are the basis for a free society!

This article was originally published in the Kurdistan Report.

by Roza Nudem

weqfa logoOn 21 September 2014, the International Day of Peace, a women’s organisation for feminism in the Middle East was founded. The Foundation of Weqfa Jin Azad in Rojava (Foundation of Free Women of Rojava) was established, in a region in which war reigns, which has shocked the world through its brutality, but also in the context of a great and radical social change and revolution, especially as regards the role of women, which has inspired the world. The Foundation works with the motto “The free woman is the basis of a free society.”

The goal of the Foundation is ambitiously high. Through their work, they want to support women in Rojava, Syria and South Kurdistan in the process of emancipation. They are working for a comprehensive psychological and medical support for women and children, managed by women themselves. Through their nurseries they are forming education for children of all ethnicities in every mother tongue, with the goal of equality between sexes, peoples and religions, and for ethnic and democratic coexistence. They make it possible for women to enter into the economy through establishing cooperatives, creating training opportunities and work for women in different fields, and open up spaces in which women can sell their handwork. Not last, they create living space for women, in which they have the possibility of working through their traumatic experiences of war and to develop their own abilities and talents.

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