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Women from every nation on their way to liberate Raqqa

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.”


Black Flag Down

☆ Jin Jiyan Azadi / Frauen, Leben, Freiheit ! ☆

8 März Weltfrauentag

Flowers Of Kurdistan


09.01.2013 PARIS

The role of women in Rojava

Women’s Defense Units / YPJ

Saturday Mothers

Saturday Mothers have been holding sit-ins in Taksim’s Galatasaray Square every Saturday for the state to declare the faith of their relatives disappeared in custody and for the perpetrators to be put on trial. The justice watch is now entering its 600th week.

They haven’t given up on looking for their loved ones for years. In the winter, in the summer, in the rain and in the snow, they have been asking the state about the fate of their relatives who were disappeared under custody with the sit-in they hold in Galatasaray Square every Saturday. Instead of easing their pain, the state adds more, their numbers in the square continue to rise every day. Some couldn’t live to see today, like Mama Berfo, who closed her eyes for the last time while the grave prepared for her son laid empty. But they never lost hope. Saturday Mothers whose cries for justice have entered their 600th week today shared their feelings with the ANF.

Ari Murad

YPJ: Women’s Defense Units (Women’s Protection Units)

We are an all-female armed force, formed to push forward women’s role in the protection of our people and revolution in Rojava, Northern Syria. We are an autonomous unit of the YPG, the People’s Defense Units, practicing self-organization through a communal lifestyle, based on our ideology of direct democracy, ecology and women’s empowerment and freedom.

Documentary on YPJ who rewrote the history of women

With the Rojava revolution, the Kurdish women organized themselves in the self defense area as well as social, diplomatic and economic spheres. Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) was developed in the Rojava revolution, became an effective force in all three cantons and answered the attacks from the outside as the authentic women’s organisation. Women organising in both war and life have rewritten women’s history in Rojava, the fortress of resistance.

Rojava Kurds, determined to found their own system against all pressures, started building the democratic autonomy in July 19, 2012. Rojava Kurds waged a war of honor for humanity, all the while continuing their building efforts with determination. In many cities in Rojava, women started institutions like security forces women’s branches, people’s assemblies, women’s foundations, women’s communes, women’s organisations, courts, people’s centers, cultural and arts centers, youth centers and such. Armenians, Arabs and Assyrians also took part in these institutions and they were built, step by step. The people organised in these institutions on the basis of democratic autonomy and held awareness raising efforts.

Against military attacks to Rojava cities following the declaration of the democratic system, Rojava Kurds self organized in the military area under the name People’s Defense Units (YPG).

YPG was formed for the defense of the people and Kurdish women took active part in the people’s defense. Because the Rojava revolution was developing under the leadership of women and the need for the authentic organisation of Kurdish women was seen in every area. And so on December 2, 2012, Women’s Defense Units(YPJ) was formed.

In line with the decisions out of YPJ’s first conference in Dêrik, YPJ units were formed in all cities of the 3 cantons of Rojava. All the units were named after women who lost their lives in the war.

Women’s defense forces military academy named Şehîd (Martyr) Şîlan Academy was opened in Cizîre for women to prepare themselves for self defense. 6 bureaus of Şehîd Şilan Academy were opened in Afrîn, Kobanê and Cizîre cantons. Since then, thousands of fighters were trained in these academies. In the early days of YPJ, they ran their military struggle against gang attacks with unprecedented resistance in the battlefield. Silav lost her life in a clash fighting against gang groups in Afrîn and became YPJ’s first martyr. In the early period of YPJ’s formation, 29 members lost their lives fighting gang groups.

With the intensified gang attacks, YPJ was stationed in all cities in Rojava. YPJ centers were set up in every city. There were 10 to 20 YPJ fighters in every center. In these centers, women organized and new fighters joined. Since YPJ centers opened, authentic YPJ units in all cities are on the rise. Centers for the coordination of all YPJ units were also opened in all three cantons. Fighters who newly joined the YPJ started to go through military and ideological training.

A fighter who hadn’t completed the training based on the democratic autonomy system and the idea of self defense couldn’t join the war effort. Armenian, Arab and Assyrian women attended these trainings and took their place in the ranks of YPJ. Many Kurdish women also joined the YPJ from Northern, Southern and Western Kurdistan after ISIS started attacking Kobanê.

YPJ and YPG have been in a great resistance in the face of the attacks ISIS started and still continues on Rojava Kurdistan. Many YPJ and YPG fighters lost their lives in the war that took part largely in the Kobanê Canton, and many are joining in support of the Kobanê resistance from four parts of Kurdistan. The number of people joining YPJ and YPG are on the rise. YPJ took part in the Kobanê resistance in great numbers and displayed the resisting women’s stance. YPJ displayed an indignant and unyielding attitude against the ISIS approach of raping and murdering women, selling them on markets, and in general physical, psychological, cultural and social violence against women. An epic resistance developed in the person of Arîn Mîrxan and Kurdish women showed the whole world once again their will to a free life. The struggle displayed by the YPJ first in Kobanê, then again in Serekanî, Cezaa, Til Hemis, Shengal and Rabîa showed the free will that YPJ wants for the development of women’s organisation, for the people, society and women themselves.


Turkish Soldiers, Village Guards Torture PKK Fighter, Release Footage

A video showing Turkish soldiers and state-sponsored Kurdish village guards torturing and abusing Saime Avşin (Avaşin Gabar), a female Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) guerrilla, has surfaced on social media.

In the video, which has caused outrage among Kurdish and progressive Turkish circles, the injured People’s Defence Forces (HPG/PKK) militant is dragged over rocks from her hair and sworn at repeatedly.

The incident took place on 28 August in Hakkari’s Şemdinli district according to reports, but the video surfaced on Twitter yesterday after being shared by an account belonging to village guards.

The village guard recording the video is heard shouting, „I would sacrifice you for [Turkish] soldiers, you whore,“ as the woman lies motionless, flanked by soldiers.

Other voices are also heard shouting obscenities at the guerrilla as soldiers and village guards are told to search the area for other fighters.

Peoples‘ Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul MP Filiz Kerestecioğlu condemned the video saying, „Torturing an injured woman guerrilla is a crime against humanity. Even war has laws!“

The video ends as soldiers beginning stripping the guerrilla, who is thought to be in custody now.

Another female guerrilla, Kevser Eltürk (Ekin Wan), was tortured to death and stripped after being captured alive by Turkish soldiers in August 2015. Critics have said the Turkish army is using ‚dirty war‘ tactics as part of its pyschological warfare against the Kurdish population.

There are thought to be more than 70,000 village guards employed by the Turkish state in the Kurdish region, most of them Kurds.

The PKK recently declared they would target village guards and those in collusion with the state, following several years of a de-facto ceasefire.

We are not sharing the video due to the disturbing nature of its content.

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