“To all women, who are searching for truth, justice and love”, Ocalan

Greetings message from Abdullah Ocalan, which was read at a rally on International

Women’s Day in Amed (Diyarbakir) on 3 March 2013.

First of all, I would like to express my dismay that International Women’s Day on 8th March is only on a single day because it must be one of life’s indispensable conditions that every day is a day for women and for freedom. But it makes it clear that women do not have any real control over their own lives. That women are only appreciated one day in the year makes the extent of their enslavement all too clear. For me, it is a theme on which I am concentrating more and more. I do not consider the woman question as independent from war. Like with all revolutions, even today’s, in particular the revolution in Kurdistan, the woman question is the most important theme that needs to be resolved. It lies right at the heart of every question that concerns war and the progress of a peace process.

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