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YPJ/YJŞ flags wave proudly in Raqqa as revenge for all women

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Raqqa was the so-called capital of ISIS. When the YPJ took a leading position in the Operation to Liberate Raqqa, they vowed to avenge the women fell victim to massacres. Now flags of the YPJ and YJŞ are fluttering in the wind in Raqqa’s city centre.

70% of Raqqa city, which ISIS had declared the capital of its darkness, has been cleared of the ISIS gangs. The city has not been liberated entirely but flags of the Rojavan Women’s Army, the Women’s Defense Units YPJ, and the Military Force of Shengal’s Women, YJŞ (Shengal Women’s Units), have been planted and are fluttering already in Raqqa’s city centre.

The female fighters are taking revenge for the feminicide on ISIS day by day. Screams and cries for help of helpless women are no longer filling the air of Raqqa city. Now only the ululation of the female warriors reverberates in Raqqa.

When the Operation Wrath of Euphrates was freshly launched, the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) announced that this operation would be an offensive under the lead and command of the women. There was a meaning behind this. In 2014, when ISIS declared itself the „Islamic state“, it directed its attacks on the women in the first place. They targeted women in their sermons and passed dirty and rotten laws. The ISIS gangs mass raped thousands of women, massacred thousands more, abducted thousands of women and sold them as slaves. In particular during their attack on Shengal they kidnapped thousands of Êzidî women and sold them in slave markets. They sent most of those women to Raqqa. Every chunk of soil of the Raqqa city is stained with the blood of these women, who have been murdered, raped and sold. ISIS hit the women in their heart and brain. In response to that the female fighters have taken an oath to strike the heart and brain of ISIS heavily.

THE YPJ WAS THE WOMEN‘S PROMISE

YPJ gave this promise to all women and initiated their struggle on this basis. After some time also the Shengal Women’s Units set off to join the operation of revenge. YJŞ fighters stated: „We, the Êzidî women, are joining the war in Raqqa to avenge all the women.“ The YPJ and YJŞ fighters have taken position at the very front lines in this battle. Thus every blow that has been dealt to the ISIS gangs, is part of the revenge taken for the women.


YPJ AND YJŞ FLAGS WAVING IN THE CAPITAL OF ISIS

As for now, about 70% of Raqqa has been liberated from the ISIS gangs. The flags of the YPJ and YJŞ are fluttering freely in the wind in many places of Raqqa city. The ISIS gangs are suffering the worst imaginable death at the hands of the women, since they believe to not go to paradise if they get killed by a woman. Women are sending them directly to hell. The flags of the YPJ and YJŞ are waving proudly in the wind as the historic revenge of every single woman that has been abducted, sold and murdered.


IN LIEU OF WOMEN‘S SCREAMS AND CRIES FOR HELP, THEIR ULULATION ECHOES

Raqqa, which witnessed the desperate screams and cries for help of the women 4 years long, is now bearing witness to the rise of women, who have become free and are now taking their historic revenge. Screams and cries are not escaping the city any longer. But now the ululation of the women fighters is reverberating.

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EXCLUSIVE: Yazidi female fighters on Charlottesville: ‘Unite against fascism’

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Members of the Yazidi Sinjar Women’s Units (YJŞ) currently fighting the Islamic State in its self-declared capital Raqqa, have sent an exclusive photograph to The Region in which they commemorate Heather Heyer, the anti-fascist activist killed in Charlottesville.

The four women are seen in the photograph making victory signs and holding two messages written in black ink on white paper in front of a YJŞ flag and poster of imprisoned Kurdistan Worker’s party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan. One of the messages reads, ‘R.I.P Heather Heyer,’ while the other states, ‘Unite against fascism,’ with #Charlottesville written to the side.

In a short statement sent to The Region along with the photograph, the women said they were deeply affected by Heather Heyer’s death and called her “a martyr.”

“As women who have suffered at the hands of Daesh [ISIS] we know well the dangers that fascist, racist, patriarchal and nationalist groups and organisations pose. Once again men of this mind-set, this time in America, have martyred a woman, Heather Heyer, who was resisting against the division and destruction of communities.”

Thirty-two -year-old Heather Heyer was killed after a vehicle driven by white-supremacist James Alex Fields Jr., rammed into a group of counter protestors demonstrating against a “Unite the Right” rally organised by white nationalist and far-right groups in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The statement went on to say that women across the world had stood with the Yazidis following the Islamic State attack on Sinjar in August 2014 – during which thousands of women belonging to the minority religious group were killed and kidnapped – and that now Yazidi women were “organised and strong enough to fight back.”

“We believe that Heather Heyer’s struggle is our struggle and that the fight against fascism is a global battle. For this reason, we are calling on women around the world to unite against fascism and put an end to terrorist groups like Daesh and those made from the same cloth that kill women like Heather.”

The YJŞ was established in October 2015 to “protect the Yazidi population” according to the group’s founding document. The all-female group is allied to the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBŞ), which was trained by the PKK, and adheres to the ideology of its imprisoned leader Ocalan.

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JINWAR

JINWAR Free Women’s Village is an ecological women’s village currently under construction in the heart of Rojava (West Kurdistan/ North Syria). As images of the Women’s Defense Units’ (YPJ) successful resistance against ISIS continue to spread all over the world, the Rojava Revolution has shown the true potential of women. Now, the women of Rojava have come together once again to continue in their struggle for a free and peaceful life through the creation of an ecological women’s village called JINWAR.

In the midst of the ongoing Syrian Civil War, JINWAR aims to provide an alternative, peaceful place for the co-existence of women, free of any and all violence. The village was founded on the principles of self-sustainability and aims to give women the opportunity to provide for their own basic needs. There will be gardens, orchards, livestock, lands, and various workshops, as well as a school and an art centre. Built by women and for women, the village will be home to Rojavan women of all ethnicities and religions, and their children.

Reconstructing our homes as havens of peace is a significant act of resistance in the face of violence and war. But far from being simply a collection of houses, the village will also provide an alternative way of life. Building onto the rich cultural heritage and historic knowledge of women, JINWAR aims to create a way of life in which every woman can reach her full potential free of the constraints of the oppressive power structures of patriarchy and capitalism.

JINWAR will be a place for woman to collectively rediscover, re-establish, and reclaim her inherent freedom.

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JINWAR is supported by women’s organizations all over the world. As an independent foundation, it is locally collaborating with the women’s communes and organizations including but not limited to: The Free Women’s Foundation of Rojava (Weqfa Jina Azad a Rojava), Kongreya Star, the Association of Martyrs‘ Families, the Committee for Women’s and Children’s Affairs of Canton Cîzirê, and the Jineology Committee.

To support JINWAR financially:
Kurdistan Hilfe
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To support JINWAR in other ways, please contact:
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JINWAR thanks you for your contribution.

Women from every nation on their way to liberate Raqqa

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As the resistance of women saying, “Rojava revolution is a women’s revolution” against Daesh continues, women from every nation are on their way to liberate Raqqa. YPJ fighters staying focused on hope despite all inhuman attacks of Daesh gangs continue to be the color of hope.

We departed from Kobanê to Raqqa. It is possible to see every color of the revolution in territory where the sun glared down on. In each liberated area, the women wear colorful dresses and the children play happily.

Women want to be liberated

The first thing the women did in the liberated areas was to take off the black burqa. Raqqa women are seen to have same feeling as Manbij women.

Violent clashes continue from two fronts

There was an intense mobilization in Raqqa when we arrived there after three hours. Historic Raqqa phase launched by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with support of 17 other forces is on the fourth day. SDF fighters continue to take advance from two fronts amid clashes.

Raqqa moves toward enlightenment

Raqqa means “Beauty of desert” in Arabic. Female fighters of the YPJ (Women’s Defense Units) are moving toward enlightenment and beautification. ‘Beauties of Desert’ YPJ women spread women’s colors in every area they liberate.

There are women from every nation

Like every phase, the YPJ female fighters take part in frontline in this historic Raqqa phase. There are Kurdish, Arab, Syriac, Turkmen, Armenian and British women in the ranks of the YPJ.

She came from UK for 10 days, she joins the resistance

YPJ female fighters welcomed us friendliness, they write a history with their smiley faces and heart resisting. We began to talk to them while having tea, serves always under any circumstance. Everyone tells something like we know each other for years. Zilan, who came to Rojava from UK for 10 days and then joined the resistance, told us her story.

‘I saw the essence of life in Rojava’

Zilan said she saw the essence of life in Rojava, where she came to cover news from UK and that’s why she decided to join the YPJ. Saying that the understanding of freedom in Europe is superficial and formal, Zilan stated that she saw the essence of this in Rojava.

Şilan from Kobanê: I will fight the darkness

Şilan was born in Kobanê and she fights to liberate Raqqa now. Stating that she decided to join the YPJ after the second attack on Kobanê, Şilan said, “They killed the people in front of us, this affected me very much. I consider myself lucky for taking part in Raqqa phase because I will fight the darkness.”

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Black Flag Down

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The role of women in Rojava

Women’s Defense Units / YPJ




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