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that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolution as well
as especially for the Zan, Zendegi, Azadi uprising in Iran and the
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October 23 - 19 -- October 18 - 11 -- October 10 - September 27 -- September 26 - 22 -- September 21 - 14 -- 15 - 4 Sept. -- August 31 - July 5, 2023
(Updates October 27, 2023)
When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 23 Oct 2023 - by ZOUHOUR MECHERGUI
<<'Struggle and resistance are the only way to regain stolen land'
Tunisia- Since the attacks of Hamas on Israel on October 7, hundreds of civilians have been killed in Palestine in Israel attacks targeting many places, including hospitals. In an interview with NuJINHA, Tunisian feminist activist Raja Dahmani said, <Despite the great sadness over the situation in the Gaza Strip, we must rise up and raise the voice of truth to support the Palestinian cause. We have the capacity to prevail against the oppressor and usurper. Those protect American imperialism and all its agents are unfair to Palestinians.>
'Bombardments on hospitals are a violation of international conventions'
Pointing to the difference between the puppet governments and people, Raja Dahmani also commented on the bombardments on the hospital in the Gaza Strip. <The bombardment on the hospital is an intentional massacre and genocide that no human being can accept and remain silent. I condemn the attack on the hospital, targeting children, babies, women and sick people. Bombardments on hospitals are a violation of all international conventions. Israel must be held accountable for its barbaric attacks.>
'Palestinians refuse to be forcibly displaced'
She added, <Today, Palestinians are killed because they refuse to be forcibly displaced and prefer death instead of living elsewhere. We know that Israel has a strong diaspora and it openly tries to steal the Palestinian land. Struggle and resistance are the only way to regain stolen land.> >>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 23 Oct 2023
<<Journalist Nafiye Bal detained
News Center- The home of Nafiye Bal, one of the editors of the Kurdish newspaper Xwebûn, was detained in a raid on her home on Monday (October 23) afternoon. The journalist has been taken to the Diyarbakır Provincial Police Department. The reason for her detention is still unknown.>>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 23 Oct 2023 - by YUSRA AL-EHMED
<<Women employees of Raqqa Municipality: We have broken barriers
Raqqa- Raqqa was liberated from ISIS by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on October 18, 2017. The women, who have played an important role in rebuilding the city for seven years, keep struggling to ensure gender equality in all facets of life. NuJINHA spoke to Fahima Al-Cassem, Co-mayor of the People's Municipality in Raqqa, about the activities carried out by women in the city.
'Women play a pioneering role in all facets of life'
Speaking about the success of women in all facets of life in Raqqa, she said, <Women play a pioneering role in all facets of life by taking part in politics, military, economy and social life. Gender equality at the workplace is very important for us.>
'Women took part in rebuilding of the city'
<Women have carried out activities in Raqqa to serve their people and to rebuild their city,> said Fatima Al-Cassem, emphasizing that women strive to ensure peace and security wherever they are.
'Sometimes, men refuse our ideas'
Jawaher Hammud, an employee of the health office at the municipality, spoke about what they do. The employees of the health office often visit laboratories, restaurants and facilities to ensure quality of food products. <Women employees face many challenges at work. Sometimes, male employees refuse the ideas of women and look down upon us. This situation, of course, does not affect us, on the contrary, it boosts our self-confidence and makes us feel more courageous,> she told NuJINHA.
'We have broken the barriers of gender discrimination'
<I do my best to overcome all barriers by keeping working,> said Fatima Hammud Ali, a municipal employee. <My family always supports and encourages me. We have managed to break the barriers built by old traditions and customs that determine the roles of women in society. Women have proven themselves with their strong will and resistance; they have broken the barriers of gender discrimination.> >>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 20 Oct 2023 - by MEDINE MAMEDOGLU
<<Home for women journalists: Mesopotamia Women's Journalists Association
Amed- The Mesopotamia Women's Journalists Association (MWJA) was founded in Amed (Diyarbakır) on October 7, 2023, Kurdish Women Journalists Day. The association, the first women journalists association in Türkiye, aims to change gendered language in media and to be solidarity with all women journalists. In an interview with NuJINHA, journalist Safiye Alagaş, a member of the MWJA, called on all women journalists to be in solidarity with the association and to attend the activities of the association. According to the report released by the Mesopotamia Womens Journalists Platform, 10 women journalists were detained and five more women journalists were subjected to violence while doing journalism in Turkiye in the last three months. <Hundreds of women journalists became unemployed when many press outlets were closed down by an emergency decree in Türkiye in 2016. We formed a platform named Mesopotamia Women Journalists Platform to be in solidarity with women journalists. The platform is still active. In recent years, we understood that we, as women journalists, needed an association. After discussions, we founded the Mesopotamia Women's Journalists Association with the support of dozens of women,> said Safiye Alagaş.
'We will be the voices of women journalists'
Pointing to the challenges faced by women journalists, Safiye Alagaş said, <Our association will always be in solidarity with women journalists and expose violence against women journalists. One of our goals is to change the gendered language in the media. We will organize workshops, seminars and other activities for women journalists to discuss how we can change this language. We will be the voices of women journalists against rights violations such as violence and judicial harassment.>
'Women are pornified by media'
Safiye Alagaş also talked about how gendered language in the media affects society. <Women are pornified by the media. We must change this gendered language in the media to ensure gender equality in society.> Calling on all women journalists to be in solidarity with them, Safiye Alagaş said, <Now, women journalists have a home. The door of our association is open for all women journalists. Our association is the first women journalists' association in Turkiye. Our association is based in Amed (Diyarbakır). We call on all women journalists to be in solidarity with us and attend our workshops and seminars to change the gendered language in the media so that we can show that women have power in the media.> >>
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Jinha - Womens News Agency - 20 Oct 2023 - by BERÇEM CUDI
<<YPJ commander Zozan Brusk: We will protect our revolution as we promised to women
Raqqa- The Turkish state and Turkish-backed factions have been intensifying their attacks on North and East Syria since October 5, 2023. Until now, 48 people, including two children, have been killed and dozens have been wounded in these attacks. 104 oil fields, energy supplies, health centers, water resources and gas stations have been destroyed by the attacks, according to the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.
'The revolution was not built easily'
The Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD) has carried out dozens of counterattacks. In an interview with NuJINHA, Zozan Brusk, one of the commanders of the Women's Defense Units (YPJ), spoke about the ongoing Turkish attacks on NE Syria. <The revolution was not built easily,> she said, <We built this revolution by paying heavy prices and thanks to our martyrs, our people, leader Apo (Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan).>
'We face a genocide'
In her speech, Zozan Brûsk emphasized that the women's revolution gave them the courage to fight the oppression, attacks and massacres faced by women and the people. We know the aim of the Turkish state and ISIS. Everyone knows that the recent attacks on Manbij, Deir ez-Zor and Ayn Issa have been carried out with the help of ISIS. The cooperation between the Turkish state and ISIS is now obvious. The attacks on our region are carried out by two forces. Of course, the people, especially women, are aware of this. Therefore, we cannot evaluate the current attacks as a massacre or extraordinary attacks. These attacks are a genocide against our people. The methods used by the Turkish state and Turkish-backed factions beyond the principles and rules of war.>
'It has become a source of struggle for all women'
Emphasized that the revolution in North and East Syria has become a source of struggle for all women, Zozan Brusk said: <The revolution has become a role model for the Middle East and the whole world. Today, the women of Sweida rise up against the regime, demanding freedom. They are impressed by this revolution. In North and East Syria, women fought all kinds of genocidal attacks and led the revolution. If they had not fought genocidal attacks and led the revolution, the women of Sweida would not rise up and demand freedom today. We salute the women's struggle for freedom. We will always support women demanding freedom because we are a party to this struggle. The common struggle of women reveals the unity, will and power of women.>
'The killing of women is an attack on us'
Many women and children were killed in Turkish airstrikes on October 5. <In Ayn Issa, children aged 9-10 and women were directly targeted. As the YPJ, we see the killing of women as a direct attack on us. Their aim is to destroy the gains of the revolution and women.>
'Women should be a party to this revolution and this resistance'
<The YPJ is the army and power of women,> Zozan Brûsk said, <We will protect our existence, our achievements, our revolution and women as we promised to women and our people. We call on all women to be a party to this revolution and this resistance.> >>
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Jinha - Womens News Agency - 20 Oct 2023 - by RONIDA HACI
<<Women discuss paradigm of freedom at Zeyneb Soraxan Academy
Hasakah- Kongra Star decided to open academies to develop its educational activities at its 9th Congress. In North and East Syria, there are currently 17 academies affiliated with the Women's Education Council of North and East Syria; seven of them carry out their activities within the Education Committee of the Kongra Star. The Martyr Zeyneb Saroxan Academy was opened on May 15, 2023 to carry out educational activities for women. Until now, the academy has organized three education sessions; one on the sociology of freedom, second on gender and third on women's history.
'We aim to build a society based on equality'
Zeyneb Saroxan, co-chair of the Justice Department of the Jazeera Region Autonomous Administration, was killed by a Turkish drone on September 25, 2022. The Martyr Zeyneb Saroxan Academy was opened in the memory of Zeyneb Saroxan. In an interview with NuJINHA, Koçer Hisen, head of the Education Committee of the Kongra Star, talked about the activities of the Martyr Zeyneb Saroxan Academy. <Zeyneb Saroxan was a woman who made great efforts to ensure gender equality. She always demanded freedom for humanity and believed that women should be aware of their rights. The aim of Zeyneb Saroxan and her comrades was to build a society based on gender equality for women to enjoy their freedom. The academies in North and East Syria organize awareness-raising education sessions to realize the dream of our martyrs and spread the ideology of freedom in society. We aim to build a society based on gender equality.>
'Chancing the patriarchal mentality is the duty of all women'
Speaking about three education sessions named <Zeyneb Soraxan Education Session>, <Yousra Darwish Education Session> and <Leyla Şaylemez Education Session> of the academy Koçer Hisen said, <The aim of these sessions is to spread an ideology based on justice and gender equality. The academy has an archive and communication department. At our 9th congress, we decided to open this academy. One of the issues suffered by our society is the patriarchal mentality. Chancing this mentality is the duty of all women. Women must change this mentality to protect their society. We plan to open an education session for men, too.>
'Education saves lives'
Koçer Hisen also talked about the revolution in North and East Syria, also known as women's revolution. <Important steps were taken in North and East Syria thanks to the ideology and thoughts of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. Today, we see that the ideology that defends women's freedom sheds light on the whole world with the philosophy and slogan of 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi'. Education is important for women to ensure freedom. Education is like bread and water for humanity. Education saves lives.>
'Our unity is a response to the attacks'
Emphasizing that women are targeted everywhere in the world, especially in North and East Syria, she said, <Comrade Zeyneb and other pioneering women were targeted by the Turkish state. The unity of women is a response to the attacks. Everyone should defend women's freedom, educate themselves to have a society based on equality.> >>
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Jinha - Womens News Agency - 19 Oct 2023 - by HADEEL Al-OMAR
<<Displaced women of occupied areas: We have an uncertain life
Idlib- The people in Idlib, occupied by the Turkish state and Turkish-backed Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, have been suffering deteriorating living conditions. F42 civilians, including 10 women and 15 children have been killed in the clashes that broke out between Syrian government forces and Turkish-backed factions in Idlib last week. The ongoing clashes have displaced more than 80,000 people until now. The women displaced by the ongoing clashes have been staying in camps or shelters.
'There is no food, health services or medicines'
33-year-old Samar Al-Zaydan had to leave her house with her children when the clashes broke out. Now, they stay in a shelter, located north of Idlib. Samar Al-Zaydan thinks the clashes will spread to the town of Ariha. <This shelter is not suitable for living. There is no food, health services or medicines. There are hundreds of displaced women staying in this center now. We have no access to the most basic needs, including drinking water,> she told NuJINHA.
'We have an uncertain life'
Samar Al-Zaydan said that the shelter is safer than their houses. <I decided to stay in this shelter because there were daily bombardments and I was afraid for my children. Due to high rental prices, I could not rent a house. I have tried to find a tent many times; however, I could not. As displaced women, we have an uncertain life. No one knows how long these clashes will last. If the clashes continue, our living conditions will deteriorate. The displaced people have no access to any health or social services.
They live in a tent of 25 square meters
Taqa Abdul Qader (35) is a displaced woman from Idlib's Sarmin town. <Death is easier for me than displacement,> she said. Taqa Abdul Qader lost her husband in an attack on their town last year. She is the only breadwinner of her family. She stayed in her sister's tent in the Deir Hassan camp with her children. <We live together in a tent of 25 square meters. I tried to find a tent so that we can live in the camp until we return home. However, no tent was given to us. The camp is a crowded camp so the services provided by humanitarian aid organizations remain insufficient,> Taqa Abdul Qader told us that they would return Sarmin if they could not find a tent in the camp.
'Displaced women need permanent housing'
Holud Al-Rajo (29), an employee of one of the humanitarian aid organizations in Idlib, pointed to the deteriorating living conditions of displaced women due to the lack of services. <Displaced women need permanent housing. All humanitarian aid organizations face difficulties in providing services to them because they do not have a permanent place to live.> >>
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