Peace in Kurdistan Campaign has today sent a petition to Boris Johnson , the Foreign Secretary and Emily Thornberry, the Shadow foreign Secretary calling on them to recognise 3rd August as an International Day against Feminicide. The petition contains the names of over 250 prominent activists, lawyers, and academics.
Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
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.
Supported by: Margaret Owen OBE, Director of Widows for Peace through Democracy; Annette Lawson, Ambassador NAWO, Chair, The Judith Trust; Baroness Helena Kennedy; Arianne Shahvisi, Lecturer in Ethics and Medical Humanities, Brighton & Sussex Medical School; Rahila Gupta, journalist and writer; Dilek Ocalan, HDP MP Turkey; Jean Lambert MEP; Jill Evans MEP; Melanie Gingell, Peace in Kurdistan; Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary; Lindsey German, Convenor Stop the War Coalition; Maggie Bowden, General Secretary of “Liberation”; Penny Papadopoulou, journalist; Clara Bennathan, student activist; Dr Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies, SOAS University of London; Isabel Kaeser, PhD student, SOAS; Julie Ward MEP; Houzan Mahmoud, Co-founder of Culture Project; Michelle Allison, KNK Women representative; Shatha Besarani, public health specialist: Sarah Parker, Left Unity; Jo Magpie, journalist; Cynthia Cockburn, feminist researcher and writer; Anni Pues, Human Rights Lawyer and International Committee, Scottish Green Party; Jan Jananayagam, Director, Together Against Genocide (TAG); Dr Johanna Riha, Epidemiologist; Dr Radha D’Souza, University of Westminster; Janet Biel, author, independent scholar, US; Kariane Westrheim, Professor, Department of Education, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway: Debbie Bookchin, journalist, author, US; Meredith Tax, writer, author of A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State, US. Cora Roelofs, Boston Friends of Rojava and Syria, US; Ashley Abbott, Left Forum Co-Director, US; Monique Agius, Department of International Relations, Imsida, University of Malta; Catherine Andrews, professor of constitutional history, Centro de Investigación y Docencias Económicas-CIDE, Mexico City; Professor Liz Kelly, Academic; Marina Strinkovsky, Blogger and Campaigner; Jayne Egerton, BBC Producer; Clare F Davies , English Tutor; Yasmin Rehman women’s rights activist; Ritu Mahendru, Director, South Asian sexual health; Joan Scanlon, Magistrate; Alix Davis, Ceramic artist; Dr Louise Livesey, Senior Lecturer in Criminology; Shaila Shah, Managing Director; Frances Ellery, Writer/Editor; Samia Malik Artist/Singer; Kinnari Kansara, Counselling Co-ordinator, Solace Women’s Aid; Rakesh Gupta, Retd Professor; Fiona Hale, Independent Consultant; Aisha K. Gill, Professor of Criminology, Unversity of Roehampton; Harriet Wistrich, lawyer; Mary-Ann Stephenson, Coventry Women’s Voices; Leena Dhingra, Actor/Writer; Afshan Malik, Scientist, King’s College London; Karen Ingala Smith, CEO, nia project; Deborah Cameron, professor, Oxford University; Helen Saxby, Feminist blogger; James Kelman, writer; Les Levidow, CAMPACC; Robert Atkins, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers; Jonathan Bloch, Business man and author; Lord Hylton; Lord Alton of Liverpool; Seán Crowe, Sinn Fein TD; Paul Maskey, Sinn Féin MP; Firoza Elavia, Canadian Friends of Kurdistan; Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Lecturer of Political Sociology, Cambridge University; Ruth Webster, HR manager, medical research charity; Maude Casey, Writer, Brighton Kurdistan Solidarity; Khatchatur I. Pilikian, Prof. of Music & Art; Bianca Winter, DIE LINKE, Frankfurt-Germany; Eleanor Finley, Institute for Social Ecology, PhD Student, UMass Amherst; George Anthony, Liberation; Esther Azar, Rabbinic Student, Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, US; Fatih Seyhanoglu, Kurdish journalist, US; Abdullah Demirbas, former mayor of Diyarbakir’s Sur district and a founding member of the Council of Forty; Aso Jabar, writer and journalist in USA; Nathan McDonnell, publisher (Montreal), Canada; Ruken Isik, PhD student at UMBC, Maryland, US; Dr. Willi Mast, Medical Doctor; Medicin for Rojava; Khawla Khanekah, Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq; Sadia Hameed, Council of Ex Muslims of Britain; Mark Levine, Friends with Rafi Zabor; Claire Berlinski, American journalist and author, France; Monique Agius, University of Malta , Imsida; Department of International Relations; Tacim Kaya, Halil Cemal Ozdogan, Ali Ozbek Pharmacist, Hasan Ozbek , Vatan Deniz, Businessman, Haydar Ozbek, Stephanie Ferry University of Bradford, Lecturer in Social Work, Theresa Easton, Artists Union, Gordon Cullum Delivery Musician, Rona Hartmann, David Hartmann, editor, Liliana Ghilardi, Child Psychotherapist, Hakan Sandal Student, Cambridge University, Tom Vickers, Dicle Aslan, Fatma Aslan, Oshor Williams, Education Officer, Vasiliki Scurfield, Teacher and Author, Kemal Tas, Amans Abdulkader, Kurdish Committee Nottingham, Mrs Claire-Marie Edwards, Trabasack, Mrs Bernadette Clare Hill, Teacher, Naif Bezwan, Academic, Dilsoz Rahim, Duncan Edwards, Trabasack, Kammal Faraj, Ali Yilmaz, Cemal Tazli, Warat Isik, Kurdish Community Centre, Scotland, Nedim Getal KCC Scotland, Ozbey Dinler, Businessman, Ali Guder, Graphic designer, Erhan Kocyigit, Kurdish Community, Reading, Hikmet Alkan, Zeynap Tas, Kenan Demirtas, Mehmet Bal, Ayetullah Satlik, Mehmet Akkirt, M. Zahiz Gezen, Hasan Demirtas, Ali Coskun, Fiden Bdz, Sevai Kabayel, Ali Boz, Yucel Servan, Kelly Yolal, Ahmet Yolal, Emiret Guzul, Erdal Soulemez, Delal Eren, Jansel Eroglu, Ali Imanli, Elkan Porlak, Cuma Kepez, Zeynep Culcu, Metin Fidan, Devrim Has, Isil Altan, Didem Aslan, Seyda Culcu. Yasin Tarifa, Relan Balanur, Meryem Deniz, Zeycan Balanur, Zohre Zenginoglu, , Hanim Sorman, Cindy Sissokho, Alba Colomo, Sebiha Ceycan, Gulay Aslan, Selirrha Suyur, Ilhan Sis, Plaid Cymru, Thomas Jaynes, Welsh Labour Party, Jan Climo, Peace Activist, Ann Bateman, Women’s Rights Trainer, Estella Schmid, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign.
|A further 99 signatures collected by Southall Black Sisters between 3-6August 2017.||
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