Raqqa rises: International Women’s Day celebrated in former ISIS stronghold

March 6, 2024
woman speaking at a rally for international womens day in Raqqa
Women in Raqqa took to the streets on March 3 to celebrate International Women's Day. Source: SDF Press/Youtube

Women in Raqqa took to the streets on March 3 to kick off a week of events to mark International Women’s Day on March 8, demonstrating the city’s resilience in the face of challenges.

The march celebrates not only the global significance of the day, but also the remarkable transformation of Raqqa from an Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold to a symbol of hope and change. The celebrations reflect a commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment that is deeply rooted in the broader context of what is known as the Rojava Revolution and the Kurdish-led autonomous administration in North and East Syria.

The Rojava Revolution, which began in 2012, has played a key role in establishing a political system that prioritises gender equality, environmental sustainability and direct democracy. At its core is the Democratic Autonomous Administration of Northern and Eastern Syria (DAANES), which is committed to inclusive governance and women’s rights. Through various policies and institutions, the administration ensures women’s participation in all spheres of society, including politics and defence.

The week-long celebrations in the cities of North and East Syria, including Raqqa, emphasise the pivotal role of the Rojava revolution and DAANES in reshaping societal norms and empowering women in a region plagued by conflict.

As Raqqa and other cities of North and East Syria continue to celebrate International Women’s Day, the spirit of the Rojava revolution and the principles of the Kurdish-led autonomous administration resonate through marches, seminars, workshops and cultural performances. These events not only celebrate women’s achievements, but also reaffirm the commitment to a democratic, inclusive and egalitarian society, paving the way for a future where gender equality is not just an ideal, but a lived reality.

[Reprinted from Medya News. Watch the English translated version of the video.]

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