TJK-F and CDK-F: France is guilty as long as justice is not served!
6 January 2022/ANF
“On January 9, 2013, the fascist Turkish state assassinated three of our revolutionary female comrades from Kurdistan in Paris, France’s capital. We commemorate Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez, who were murdered in an inhumane attack, with respect and gratitude on the 9th anniversary of their murder, and once again condemn this vile attack with great hatred and anger.
Sêvê Demir, Pakize Nayır and Fatma Uyar were murdered on 4 January 2016 by Turkish special forces
4 January 2022/ANF
On 4 January 2016, during the curfew in the Silopi district of Sirnak, three Kurdish women politicians were murdered. Sêve Demir of the DBP (Party of Democratic Districts), Fatma Uyar of the KJK (Congress of Free Women) and Pakize Nayir (President of the Silopi People’s Assembly) were executed in cold blood. These women had planned to move from the “Karsiyaka” quarter to the “Yesilyurt” quarter in order to actively help the civilian population there. A Turkish tank targeted these women and their bodies waited for hours for an ambulance to pick them up. The ambulance did not arrive and they died as a result of serious injuries.
Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party seeks justice for murdered party volunteer
27 December 2021/Al Monitor
On June 17 at 10:50 a.m., a bulky young man with tattoos and cut-off gloves, wearing a leather vest and carrying a heavy bag, walked into the Izmir office of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and fired four shots into a young female party volunteer. Then he took a photo of her as she lay on the floor dying and posted it on his WhatsApp status with the word “Body 1.”
Women politicians against attacks on HDP: “You can never intimidate us!”
6 January 2022/ANF
Muhammet Eren Sütçü, armed with two pistols and a bread knife, entered the office in Istanbul’s Bahçelievler district around noon on 28 December under the pretext of wanting to join the HDP. When tea was served, he tried to fire one of his weapons without success and injured a party member with his knife. Another HDP activist was injured when he tried to stop Sütçü, who poured hot tea on him. The attacker, who initially fled, was discovered shortly afterwards in a nearby bakery and arrested.
An Exhibit Meant to Showcase Kurdish Suffering Provoked a Furor Instead
1 January 2022/NYT
On the battlements, a Kurdish woman, Yildiz Dag, looked out over the multicolored coffins and uttered a single word: “oppression.”
“We are saddened to see them,” she said. “But it is good to show this, so it does not happen again.”
Turkey’s belly dancers can’t shake government TV censors
22 December 2021/Al Monitor
As the New Year approaches, Turkey’s globally acclaimed belly-dancing queen Didem Kinali has the blues. “I miss being on television so much. If need be, I would perform for free. If need be, I would cover every exposed part of my body. I wish to engage in my art,” she declared at a news conference this week.
“Nothing for women in the budget”
10 November 2021/Bianet
In their joint statement, DİSK, KESK, TMMOB and TTB women’s units stated that the 2022 budget is not a gender sensitive budget and demanded that the budget proposal be withdrawn immediately and an equitable budget be prepared.
Egyptian researcher: Turkey seeks by suppressing Kurdish women activists to eradicate Kurdish issue
6 December 2021/ANHA
The Egyptian researcher in political science considered Turkey’s targeting of Kurdish women politicians, and women defenders of Kurd rights in particular, such as political activist Leyla Guven, to be an attempt to eradicate the Kurdish cause, and called on women in Turkey and Kurdish women to continue their struggle despite ongoing policies of repression.
2021 | Feminist struggle against masculine domination!
30 December 2021/Bianet
Women started 2021 with the fight against male violence under pandemic conditions, defending the Istanbul Convention. From women who ended the year with protests against inequalities, the message to 2022 is clear: “We will not give up on our struggle for equality.”
SARA organization calls upon to hold Turkey accountable of its crimes against women
6 January 2022/Hawar News
The crimes of the Turkish occupying state and its mercenaries against women continue in the occupied city of Afrin. Recently, on 2 December, mercenaries of the so-called “Political Security” of the Turkish occupying state abducted three young women on the entrance to the Afrin-Azaz road.
Statistics: More than 500 children, women killed in 2021 in Syria
21 December 2021/ANHA
Statistics by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) disclosed that more than 180 women have been killed in multitude of ways, in addition to the killing of more than 350 children during the current year in Syria.
Isabel Käser – The Kurdish Women’s Freedom Movement: Gender, Body Politics and Militant Femininities
Friday, March 11, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Registration will be required
Peace in Kurdistan
Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question
Contacts Estella Schmid: 07846 666 804 & Melanie Gingell: 07572 430903
Patrons: John Austin, Baroness Blower of Starch Green, former GS NUT, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Maggie Cook, UNISON women activist; Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director, Jill Evans, former MEP, Desmond Fernandes, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Christopher Gingell, Prof Dr. Michael Gunter, Secretary-General, EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC), Rahila Gupta, journalist, Nick Hildyard, policy advisor, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert, former MEP, Dr Les Levidow, Open University, Elfyn Llwyd, John McDonnell MP; Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, David Morgan, journalist, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Ali Gul Ozbek, Former Councillor and Mayor of Haringey; Gareth Peirce, Dr Felix Padel, Maxine Peake, actor, Dr Thomas Phillips, Liverpool John Moores University, Trevor Rayne, writer, Joe Ryan, Bert Schouwenburg, International Trade Union Adviser; Tony Simpson, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Stephen Smellie, PIK Trade Union Liaison Officer, Jonathan Steele, journalist, Steve Sweeney, journalist, Gianni Tognoni, General Secretary Permanent People’s Tribunal, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Federico Venturini, Associate Researcher, University of Udine, Italy; Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward, former MEP, Kariane Westrheim, Chair, EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC); Hywel Williams MP.