https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

1. Turkish women’s groups rally behind anti-femicide platform
2. Turkey: 15 Kurdish women activists detained in Batman
3. Nine women in custody in Ankara go on hunger strike
4. “Women in Black” protest in Italy against the Turkish war in Kurdistan
5. CHP politician Canan Kaftancıoğlu jailed
6. 400 people demand freedom for Aysel Tuğluk and ill prisoners
7. KNK Women’s Commission calls for united struggle against Turkish occupation
8. Kongra Star calls on women’s movements to support AANES against Turkish occupation attacks
9. Administrating Rojava’s Revolution: An Interview with Emine Osê
10. 3 women bodies found in al Hol Camp
11. The liberation of occupied areas and revenge for the women… One of YPJ most prominent plans
12. ‘Sabaya’: Acclaimed film about Yazidi women rescued from Islamic State is a ‘hoax’
13. Online event : Dilar Dirik in Conversation with Elif Sarican Celebrating the Release of The Kurdish Women’s Movement : History, Theory, Practice

1. Turkish women’s groups rally behind anti-femicide platform
31 May 2022/Al Monitor
Turkey’s opposition politicians, bar associations and rights groups are set to make a joint show of force in front of Istanbul’s main courthouse on June 1 to protest the lawsuit that threatens to shutter Turkey’s oldest and most vocal anti-femicide group. The We Will Stop Femicides Platform, which provides legal advice and advocacy to women who need protection from violence, is fighting for survival as it faces half a dozen charges that range from “undermining the family” to “insulting the president.”
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/turkish-womens-groups-rally-behind-anti-femicide-platform#ixzz7UxC4dskg

2. Turkey: 15 Kurdish women activists detained in Batman
31 May 2022/Medya News
15 Kurdish political activists, all women, were detained in house raids in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority province of Batman (Elîh) on Tuesday. The elected co-mayors of the city of Batman, the district of Kozluk (Hezo), and the town of Bekirhan are among the detained. The police broke down the doors of houses and forced themselves in during the raids, and scattered items around in house searches.

Turkey: 15 Kurdish women activists detained in Batman

3. Nine women in custody in Ankara go on hunger strike
31 May 2022/ANF English
As part of the investigation launched by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, a 24-hour lawyer’s visit ban was given to 16 people, 9 of whom were women. The 16 people were detained on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization” and “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” for participating in the METU Revolutionary March in the raid carried out by the TEM Branch on many houses on Monday morning. The ban on visit is now over.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/nine-women-in-custody-in-ankara-go-on-hunger-strike-60254

4. “Women in Black” protest in Italy against the Turkish war in Kurdistan
28 May 2022/ANF news
Women in Black is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. An important focus is challenging the militarist policies of governments.
The group, which protests against war and militarism in the cities of Parma and Piacenza at 10 a.m. every Saturday, has dedicated this week’s demonstration to expressing solidarity with the Kurdish people against the Turkish state’s genocidal war in various parts of the Kurdistan territory.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/women-in-black-protest-in-italy-against-the-turkish-war-in-kurdistan-60209

5. CHP politician Canan Kaftancıoğlu jailed
31 May 2022/ANF English
CHP Istanbul Chairwoman Canan Kaftancıoğlu has been arrested at the Istanbul Courthouse and transferred to the newly opened women’s prison in Silivri. According to her legal counsel, the prominent opposition politician is to be released under supervision.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/chp-politician-canan-kaftancioglu-jailed-60271

6. 400 people demand freedom for Aysel Tuğluk and ill prisoners
1 June 2022/ANF English
400 people, including poets, writers, journalists, academics, feminists, activists, musicians, trade unionists, farmers, educators, retired parliamentarians, issued a written statement joining the call of the Freedom for Ill Prisoners and Aysel Tuğluk Platform in Izmir. The statement demanded the end of rights violations in prisons and the release of Aysel Tuğluk and all ill prisoners.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/400-people-demand-freedom-for-aysel-tugluk-and-ill-prisoners-60276

7. KNK Women’s Commission calls for united struggle against Turkish occupation
28 May 2022/ANF English
In a written statement in response to the attacks by the invading Turkish state, the Women’s Commission of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) urged Kurds and women to stand up against attacks on Kurdistan in all spheres, saying, “Kurdish women should be the conscience and will of the Kurds in politics and deeds. Throughout history, we have seen what invaders have done to Kurdish women. We witnessed what happened to our Yazidi sisters in 2014.”
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/knk-women-s-commission-calls-for-united-struggle-against-turkish-occupation-60213

8. Kongra Star calls on women’s movements to support AANES against Turkish occupation attacks
30 May 2022/ANHA news
In the shadow of the Ukraine war, a new Turkish war of aggression is currently threatening the region of the democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. To this end, the Turkish state is resorting to a dirty policy of blackmail, instrumentalizing the NATO membership application of Finland and Sweden to get the green light for another occupation operation. Once again, the people of North and East Syria face the threat of a military offensive to occupy their homeland by Turkey and its jihadist mercenaries. This in turn threatens security and peaceful coexistence throughout the region.
https://hawarnews.com/en/haber/kongra-star-calls-on-womens-movements-to-support-aanes-against-turkish-occupation-attacks-h31015.html

9. Administrating Rojava’s Revolution: An Interview with Emine Osê
2022/Washington Kurdish Institute
Emine Osê, is the deputy co-chair of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), commonly referred to as Rojava. In this interview, she was asked about an array of topics from women’s rights, the fight against ISIS, ongoing Turkish attacks, and internationalist volunteers. As one of the Kurdish women leading the most inspiring democratic experiment in the Middle East, her remarks help illuminate the struggles and successes taking place throughout Western Kurdistan, which have relevance to America and the entire world.

Administrating Rojava’s Revolution: An Interview with Emine Osê

10. 3 women bodies found in al Hol Camp
19 April 2022/ANHA news
The security forces in Al-Hol camp, which is considered the most dangerous camp in the world, found, last night, the bodies of 3 women who were killed inside the camp. The nationality of one of them is Iraqi, while the identities of the other two bodies are still unknown, according to sources from inside the camp, bringing the number of those killed this year to 9.
https://hawarnews.com/en/haber/3-women-bodies-found-in-al-hol-camp-h30205.html

11. The liberation of occupied areas and revenge for the women… One of YPJ most prominent plans
3 May 2022/ANHA news
Women’s Protection Units commander, Evenar Dirk, evaluated the units’ third conference, and spoke to ANHA agency about the most prominent discussions that took place within it and its most important outputs. Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) held its third conference, which lasted for 2 days, on April 30 in Hasaka city, under the slogan “The Guarantor of Women’s Freedom, Protecting the Land and Defeating the Occupation”, in the presence of 400 fighters.
https://hawarnews.com/en/haber/the-liberation-of-occupied-areas-and-revenge-for-the-women-one-of-ypjmost-prominent-plans-h30511.html

12. ‘Sabaya’: Acclaimed film about Yazidi women rescued from Islamic State is a ‘hoax’
25 May 2022/Midle East Eye
An award-winning documentary, Sabaya, portraying the struggle of two men to save Yazidi women from the Islamic State (IS) group, has been accused of having faked scenes and manipulated characters, following an investigation by Swedish online magazine Kvartal. The director of the film, Hogir Hirori, is accused of intentionally portraying the two Yazidi men as heroes, whereas they had allegedly separated Yazidi women from their children. The report claims the men had also attempted to sell the children to IS, coercing the women into doing things against their will and keeping some under house arrest for two years.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sabaya-film-yazidi-women-rescued-islamic-state-hoax

13. Online event : Dilar Dirik in Conversation with Elif Sarican Celebrating the Release of The Kurdish Women’s Movement : History, Theory, Practice
25 July 2022 Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-kurdish-womens-movement-history-theory-practice-tickets-339901393217

 

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