The Yazidi Free Women’s Movement (Kurdish: Tevgera Azadiya Jinên Êzîdî-TAJÊ) held a conference in Shengal with the motto, “Towards Women’s Revolution with Jin, Jiyan, Azadî”.
The conference held by the Yazidi Free Women’s Movement (Kurdish: Tevgera Azadiya Jinên Êzîdî-TAJÊ) in Shengal with the motto, “Towards Women’s Revolution with Jin, Jiyan, Azadî” ended. 350 delegations and Yazidi and Arab women attended the conference.
At the conference, consisting of two sessions, the women held seminars titled, “From the history of women’s resistance to the science of Jineology”, “The analysis of Jin Jiyan Azadî” and “The organization of Yazidi women”.
‘We should deepen our studies’
Rojhilat Nasır, member of the Jineology Academy, held the first seminar drawing attention to Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan’s paradigm on women’s freedom. Pointing to the system of co-presidency, Rojhilat Nasır said, “This system paves the way for women’s participation in all spheres of life. The Jineology Academy has conducted comprehensive studies in Europe, Rojava, Eastern and Southern Kurdistan. The science of Jineology should be developed in Shengal. We must free ourselves from the patriarchal and nation-state mentality. We should deepen our studies on Jineology for women’s freedom. Leader Apo (Abdullah Öcalan) presented the science of Jineology so that we can find solutions to all our problems.”
‘They are afraid of women’s struggle’
TAJÊ member Lawa Şengali held a seminar titled, “The analysis of Jin Jiyan Azadî”. Indicating that the conference was dedicated to Jina Mahsa Amini, who was killed in Iran, Lawa Şengali said, “The architect of the “Jin, Jiyan, Azadî” philosophy. Why are states so afraid of the ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadî’ philosophy? Because they know that this philosophy breaks down the walls of oppression, injustice and slavery. They are afraid of women’s struggle.”
‘Women play an important role in protecting the Yazidi people’
Suham Şengali made a speech at the seminar titled, “The organization of Yazidi women”. Highlighting that the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga forces left the Yazidis alone when ISIS attacked Shengal, she said, “Yazidi women were abducted and sold in slave markets. Before the genocide, Yazidi women were weak and they paid the heaviest price of the genocide. Now, Yazidi women play an important role in protecting the Yazidi people.”
Women’s experiences in the revolution
Yazidi Women’s Union Co-chair Suad Hiso held an online seminar at the conference because she is not allowed to enter Shengal by the Iraqi government. In her speech, she drew attention to women’s experiences during the revolution in Rojava. “Leader Apo (Abdullah Öcalan) led women to struggle for their freedom and to build a future. We have achieved great successes in the last six years. As the Yazidi Women’s Union in Rojava, we make great efforts for women to organize and improve their self-defense. In Rojava, women lead important works with the philosophy of ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadî’. Women from all segments take part in these works. The enemy targets women because it is afraid of organized women. However, the enemy will fail. The Rojava Revolution started with the philosophy of leader Apo and it has been spreading everywhere.”
Hêza Şengali, member of the Shengal Women’s Units (YJŞ), held a seminar titled, “Women and Protection”. Noting that defense forces in Shengal were founded based on the thoughts of Abdullah Öcalan, Hêza Şengali said, “The YJŞ was founded based on the paradigm of leader Apo. We, as women, decided to protect ourselves with our own will. The Yazidi women went to Raqqa and fought ISIS to bring back the women abducted by ISIS. Thanks to leader Apo, we fight for our freedom today. We will strengthen our struggle even more.”
After the seminars and speeches, the participants decided to struggle until the philosophy of Abdullah Öcalan spreads all around the world and until they ensure the physical freedom of Abdullah Öcalan.