The festival, with the slogan “It is time to defend free women and free society against femicide”, took place in the Val De Marne region of Paris. This year it was organised by the French Kurdish Women’s Movement (TJK-F) and dedicated to Leyla Agirî (Filiz Aslan), a member of the Community of Women of Kurdistan (KJK) Executive Council who lost her life in Turkey’s air attack on the Medya Defence Zones in June 2020.
Various activists and politicians attended the festival, in which Val de Marne’s regional senator Laurence Cohen made a speech.
Senator Cohen stated that they would always stand by the Kurds and called for all political prisoners in Turkey including Abdullah Öcalan, the Leader of the Kurdish People, to be released immediately.
A statement of the TJK-E was also read out during the festival, and they praised the resistance of the women against the patriarchal and colonialist policies of the authoritarian powers in the Middle East.
The festival also offered Kurdish folk dancing, information desks about Kurdish culture and the Kurdish women’s struggle and a children’s play area. The artists Yelda Ebbasi, Nuarin, Meral Alkan, and Kevna Zerin, and a group performing Tamil folk dances also took the stage.