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.
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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