3RD AUGUST 10.30am
IN MEMORY OF YEZIDI WOMEN VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE
AND FOR A DAY OF ACTION 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.
Come and support the call from the Free Yezidi Women’s Movement for August 3rd to be the International Day of Action against Feminicide and raise your voices in support of this self-organisation and for the freedom of the kidnapped, enslaved and murdered women of Sinjar
Called by Roj Women Assembly, Peace in Kurdistan – Women Alliance, Kongra Star.
Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and Roj Women’s Association would like to invite you to
Feminicide in Sinjar – sexual violence, conflict, and gender liberation in the Kurdish struggle
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University, London WC1H 0XG
Saturday 22 November, 5-7pm
Three months after ISIS fighters attacked the Iraqi region on Sinjar, the fate of thousands of women kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery following the raids is still unknown and no international investigation into their welfare has taken place. However, just as it has done in the defence of Kobane in Syria, the Kurdish Women’s Movement has mobilised with allied organisations to take action for the missing women.
This event will bring together women activists and representatives of the Kurdish women’s organisations to give you first-hand information about how people have responded to the crisis on the ground. We’ll also discuss the unique potential within the Kurdish Women’s Movement for engendering gender liberation in the region and its role in the development of the Rojava revolution.
Come and join us for this exciting one-off event!
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The KCK condemns the massacres in Shengal, declares those who lost their lives as martyrs, and praises all resistance forces who are struggling against ISIS:
TO OUR PEOPLES AND THE PUBLIC OPINION
On the 14th of August 2007, our Yazidi people in the Shiba and Shex Khidir villages of Shingal suffered a bloodthirsty massacre in which 450 of Yazidi Kurds lost their lives. We vehemently condemn the perpetrators of this massacre and remember with respect the victims of the massacre. Continue reading “KCK: “We salute our people’s resistance””