Category: Women

Kurdish teacher detained by Iran: Freedom for Zara Mohammedi

Posted on by Alliance for Kurdish Rights

Zara Mohammedi, a 27-year-old Kurdish teacher, was arrested on May 23rd, 2019 by Iranian authorities for teaching Kurdish children to speak and read in their mother tongue. She was arrested alongside two other teachers, Idris Menbari and Rebwar Menbari; they …

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Three Kurdish Politicians Killed by Turkish Armed Forces

Posted on by Naila Bozo

Three Kurdish rights campaigners affiliated with the pro-minority and pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) were on Monday night killed in Silopi, a district in the Şirnak Province in northern Kurdistan (southeastern Turkey) when Turkish armed forces who have laid siege …

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Kobane Canton Bans Polygamy, Underage Marriage

Posted on by Alliance for Kurdish Rights

According to Evrensel Media, the Women’s Commission of Kobane Canton, one of three cantons that make up the Rojava self-rule, has passed new regulations that ban underage marriages, polygamy and exchange of brides within the family. Zêrîn Kutay and Rabîa …

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Lipstick Revolution

Posted on by Naila Bozo

              One day they are terrorists, the next day they are femme fatales fighting Islamic State (Daesh). The discussion of whether Kurdish female fighters are the first, the second or something third is a …

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Celebrating Kurdish Women: ‘Today, They Rewrite Their Own History’

Posted on by Naila Bozo

Today, people are celebrating International Women’s Day. To some it is a day to celebrate women like Mother’s Day but to others it is a day to mark women’s past, present and future struggle to achieve empowerment and equality with …

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Before Snowfall: An Interview with Hisham Zaman

Posted on by Asli Sena Kücükyildiz

As many as 5,000 women and girls are victims of honour killings every year worldwide, often killed by members of their own family. Many honour killings have also taken place in Europe and America including the murder of Fadime Şahindal, …

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Refugee children from Kobane at risk of malnutrition

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

Thousands of people fled Kobane when Islamic State (IS/formerly ISIS) militants seized control of several areas within the autonomous canton in September 2014. Some of the refugees have taken refuge in Suruc district of Urfa, an estimate of 20,000 children …

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Yezidi children commit suicide to avoid ISIS sex slavery — Report

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

In August 2014, Islamic State (IS/ISIS) militants seized control of Shingal, a predominately Kurdish-Yezidi (also referred to as Ezidi) town. Thousands of men were rounded up, and killed because of their religious affiliation. Women were kidnapped, some sold on the …

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