The most feminist revolution in history
Kurdish women gained international prominence during the siege of the north Syrian town of Kobanê in 2014-15. Their heroic frontline role in the resistance to the brutal, women-hating Islamic State gangs produced both widespread admiration and curiosity which has continued to this day.
But as attention grabbing as the military struggle is, it is not the most important thing. In the liberated zones of northern Syria, women are playing a leading role in building a new kind of society — one which is marked by a radical grassroots democracy, ethnic and religious inclusivity, and by an unprecedented effort to empower women.
Arguably this is the most feminist revolution in history. For all those interested in women’s rights and progressive social change, this experience is worthy of both serious study and our practical solidarity and support.
Fréderike Geerdink is a Dutch journalist. She was based in Turkey from 2006. In 2015, while reporting on the war between the Turkish army and the Kurdish resistance forces, Geerdink was detained by the Turkish police and then expelled.
Hawzhin Azeez came to Australia as a Kurdish refugee from Iraq at the age of 11. She lived in Western Sydney and went on to lecture in politics at Newcastle University. Today she is based in Kobanê and works for the Reconstruction Board.
The Kurdish women’s struggle in Turkey & northern Syria — Fréderike Geerdink looks at the development of the Kurdish women’s movement.
Life in the liberated zones: How it works for women — Hawzhin Azeez (VL) A detailed look at women’s gains and challenges.
Location: Victoria University - City Flinders Campus, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne
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Agenda & information: AustraliansforKurdistan.org