Video: Janet Biehl addresses seminar in London on pedagogy in Rojava

Pedagogy for Revolution: The Case of Rojava
With author Janet Biehl

Public meeting and discussion with author Janet Biehl who talked about the new women’s science of “Jineology” and the revolutionary transformation of education. She has visited Rojava twice and reported on her recent visit. Organised by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and Roj Women Group at Doughty Street Chambers on 23 October 2015. The meeting was chaired by Elif Sarican, Kurdish Student Union.

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Pedagogy for Revolution: The Case of Rojava With author Janet Biehl from Saman Gareeb on Vimeo.

“5 minutes to election: What happened during 20 days of PKK inaction in Turkey?”

The Kurdistan Communities of Women (KJK) has published a new information file called 5 minutes to election: What happened during 20 days of PKK inaction in Turkey? which provides a useful summary of events in Kurdistan since the PKK declared a unilateral ceasefire on 10 October. The report details an alarming number of state-sponsored attacks on the AKP’s political opposition, including curfews in Kurdish districts, raids on HDP offices and military strikes against the PKK.

The report begins with this statement below and is available to download in full here (pdf).

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Women warn UK government of dangers to Kurds

On Wednesday 23rd September at 4pm, a delegation of women delivered an open letter signed by a coalition of prominent women’s rights activists to 10 Downing Street. The letter urgently calls on David Cameron to use his influence with the Turkish government to stop the violence being perpetrated against Kurdish civilians in the south east of the country.

The delegation includes Michelle Allison (Kurdistan National Congress), Evrim Yilmaz (Roj Women Assembly) and human rights barrister Melanie Gingell, who has just returned from a fact-finding mission to Cizre, south east Turkey, which has been under curfew for several days and which has been a flashpoint of violence between Turkish security forces and Kurdish civilians in recent weeks.

Cameron has long insisted that Turkey, a NATO partner, is a strong friend to the UK. On his last official visit to Ankara, Cameron stated that Britain and Turkey would work “hand-in-glove” to combat ISIS. And yet he has turned away as the Turkish government used their apparent entry into the anti-ISIS coalition as a veil to break the ceasefire with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and attack Kurdish towns and villages. Continue reading “Women warn UK government of dangers to Kurds”

CALL FOR ACTION: CHALLENGE CAMERON’S SILENCE ON TURKEY!

 

Wednesday 23rd September, 4pm

Join us for a demonstration outside 10 Downing Street!

 

“Help build peace with the Kurds, rather than extend the war.”

 

Kurdish women shout slogans during the f...Kurdish women shout slogans during the funeral of a  YPG (People's Protection Units) fighter in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on October 14, 2014. Attacking Islamic State jihadists met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane on Sunday, as neighbouring Turkey heeded pressure to intervene and handed the US access to its air bases. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Kurdish women shout slogans during the funeral of a YPG (People’s Protection Units) fighter in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on October 14, 2014. 
AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

On Wednesday 23rd September at 4pm, a delegation of women will deliver an open letter signed by a coalition of prominent women’s rights activists to 10 Downing Street. The letter urgently calls on David Cameron to use his influence with the Turkish government to stop the violence being perpetrated against Kurdish civilians in the south east of the country.

Continue reading “CALL FOR ACTION: CHALLENGE CAMERON’S SILENCE ON TURKEY!”

REPAK: Turkish state is committing crimes against humanity!

We received this statement from the Kurdish Women’s Relations Office today:

Urgent call: Turkish state is committing crimes against humanity!

The AKP government-state, which lost its majority at 7 June 2015 general elections due to the success of pro-Kurdish Democratic Party of the People (HDP), is plunging the whole country into misfortune. While dividing all people that live within the borders of the Republic of Turkey in followers and opponents, AKP has declared a total war against all people that do not stand behind. Main target of this total war is the Kurdish political movement as main force for democracy. Continue reading “REPAK: Turkish state is committing crimes against humanity!”

Women’s Movement releases report about the latest violence in Turkey

The Kurdistan Women’s Community (KJK) have released a report with their evaluation of the latest developments in Turkey and across the region. You can download the full report here and we have included below the first part of the report.

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Kurdistan Women’s Community (KJK)
Umbrella organisation of the Kurdish Women’s Liberation Movement

Background Information File

Roadmap of the escalation: How did the Turkish-Kurdish conflict upsurge again?

  1. Political Evaluation by the KJK:

The Turkish state has declared total war on the Kurdish people. The decision to undertake this strategy of total war was made at the meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council on 30 October 2014, when the resistance against attacks by the ISIS terrorist organisation in Kobanê, Rojava (i.e. western Kurdistan, the Kurdish region Syria) reached its peak. This meeting, which lasted more than 10 hours, was illegitimately chaired by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; according to Turkish law, only the country’s Prime Minister can lead National Security Council meetings. Continue reading “Women’s Movement releases report about the latest violence in Turkey”

Joint appeal from Kurdish Women’s Movement calls for signatures

To sign your name, you can contact Ceni – Women’s Office for Peace: ceni_frauen@gmx.de

Sign the appeal for Kurdish women!

The patriarchal mentality of the complicity of the AKP-DAESH is the most atrocious figure of “feminicide”

The Kurdish Women’s Movement in Europe (TJK-E), the International Representation of Kurdish Women Movement (IRKWM), the Office of Kurdish Women for Peace CENI, the Womens Centre UTAMARA, the International Free Women’s Foundation (IFWF), Roj Women, the Hêlîn Foundation as well as the local women’s councils condemn the execution of Kevser Eltruk (Ekin VAN), who was a YJA STAR Kurdish fighter, killed by torture by Turkish soldiers and exposed naked in public in an inhumane manner in the very middle of the town of Varto in Kurdistan, Turkey. The shame and dishonour of this event will go down in history. Continue reading “Joint appeal from Kurdish Women’s Movement calls for signatures”

To the Women’s Congress of the Democratic Free Women Movement (DOKH): Solidarity greetings from women in the UK

January 31-February 1, 2015, in Diyarbakir

Your Women’s Congress in Kurdistan to be held in Diyarbakir in the coming days promises to be an important event where some key issues facing women everywhere will be addressed.

In today’s difficult times, women around the world are facing serious challenges to their basic civil rights and fundamental freedoms as well as to their very existence as independent human beings and to their lives. Continue reading “To the Women’s Congress of the Democratic Free Women Movement (DOKH): Solidarity greetings from women in the UK”

Joint statement of the international academic delegation to Rojava

 

 

This delegation was organised by Civaka Azad

The battle over Kobanê, which began in the summer of 2014, has brought to the world’s attention the Kurdish resistance to the brutal forces that call themselves Islamic State (IS or ISIS). Contrary to the expectations of many, the defense forces have succeeded in fending off the attacks not only of ISIS, but also the al-Nusra Front and the Assad regime over the last two and a half years. Less well known, however, is the fact that residents of the predominantly Kurdish areas of northern and northeastern Syria have established themselves as a new political entity that they call Rojava, comprising three autonomous cantons, one of which is Kobanê. There they have undertaken, to all appearances, a social and political revolution, characterized by remarkable efforts towards gender liberation and direct democratic self-government. Continue reading “Joint statement of the international academic delegation to Rojava”