From Women’s Liberation Ideology Towards Free Women’s Organisations

The Kurdish women’s movement views women’s liberation as the guarantee for the struggle against patriarchy, state, and capitalism. Women’s autonomous self-organization in all spheres of life is at the heart of Kurdistan’s social revolution. But why women’s autonomy?

In this webinar, Nilüfer Koç will take us through the different stages that have led to Kurdish women’s autonomous self-organization. From the early theory of ‘breaking off’ from traditional, patriarchal gender roles, to the project to ‘killing the man inside’ as the struggle for men’s liberation from patriarchal structures. From the declaration of the women’s liberation ideology and the foundation of an autonomous Kurdish women’s party – to the effort of building up women’s democratic confederalism in Kurdistan.

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Öcalan and Women’s Liberation With Havin Güneser, Spokesperson International Initiative ‘Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan

The imprisoned Kurdish political leader and thinker Abdullah Öcalan has played a historic role in the development of the Kurdish women’s movement. His analyses of patriarchy, and its relationship to capitalism, the state, and the family have shaped the theory and practice of the Kurdish liberation struggle since the beginning. At the same time, his practice continues to be informed by his desire to be a genuine comrade to free women, with whom he wants to build free life for all.

In this webinar, Havin Güneser discusses Öcalan’s women’s liberationist ideas and practice over the course of several decades. Why and how does Öcalan view women’s revolution as a vital need in the quest for freedom? In what ways did he encourage women’s autonomous organisation? What is the Kurdish women’s movement’s relationship to Öcalan today?

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Towards a Democratic Society with the Co-Chair System

The Kurdish Women’s Movement has played a pioneering role in the re-establishment of women’s position in political and social life. The co-chair system enables women to institutionalise the transformations in gender relations and make way for the democratisation of society and a free common life.

In this webinar, Ayşe Berktay (HDP, Women’s Assembly) will provide an insight into the origins and practice of the co-chair system and share experiences within the HDP.

A brief History of the Kurdish Women’s Movement in four parts of Kurdistan

At the latest since the historical resistance against the so-called Islamic State in Kobanê, the images of the Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ have been present everywhere.

But many people do not know that the Kurdish women in Rojava derive their strength for the construction of a democratic, multi-ethnic, ecological and gender-free social system from more than 40 years of resistance against the Turkish occupation and annihilation. In this seminar we want to learn about the manifold and enlightening history of the Kurdish women’s movement in all four parts of Kurdistan.

The Politics of Prisons: Women’s Critiques and Alternatives

Around the world, prison systems rely on systems and structures that oppress and subjugate groups of people for the purpose of exploitation and social control. Prisons are a site of struggle for many social movements, which believe in approaches to justice and social peace beyond authoritarianism, surveillance and violence. Why do prison struggles matter to women? What could prison abolition look like from a feminist perspective?

The panel is organized by Cenî Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace as part of the ‘Solidarity Keeps Us Alive’ campaign.

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Only Mountains -Original Drama Radio Play by Maxine Peake

Only Mountains

Original Drama by Maxine Peake

When Pearl chooses Istanbul as the destination for her best friend’s hen do, it isn’t just the beautiful location that draws her there. While in Istanbul, Pearl meets people from the Kurdish community and her political convictions are strengthened through her encounters. But when she makes the controversial decision to join the YPJ, an all-female Kurdish militia fighting on the brutal frontline in Rojava against the Islamic State group, will her friends be able to change her mind?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000g67x

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020 SOLIDARITY

Peace in Kurdistan stands in solidarity on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020, alongside all Kurdish women, across Kurdistan, in the diaspora, and all who are engaged in the struggle for liberation and for their just democratic rights. We stand with all women fighting for justice and freedom from state violence, who are so often at the forefront of global liberation movements.

In these tragic times with the Kurdish-Turkish conflict well and truly ignited in Syria the struggle of the Kurdish people for their genuine liberation remains as urgent as ever. In the face of systematic violence and state oppression, Kurdish women’s voices and activism are among the loudest and most fearless of the mass popular movement that has emerged over recent decades.

They so often pay the highest price. Women politicians have been deliberately targeted during the conflict, for example, Hervin Khalaf, the secretary general of the Future Syria party, a greatly respected politician and diplomat, who was assassinated by Turkish backed mercenaries in Syria in October 2019. Continue reading “INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020 SOLIDARITY”