A crowd of women gathered in the city of Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan, on Tuesday, on the occasion of 8 March International Women’s Day. They staged a protest in front of the Sulaymaniyah Forensic Medicine Institute against femicide and male violence targeting women.
A statement for the press was made by a spokesperson despite attempts by the police to intervene.
The protestors, among them intellectuals and artists alongside activists, carried photographs of women killed by men, and chanted, ‘No to femicide’ and ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ (‘Women, life and freedom’)
Tara Hisén, the co-chair of the Kurdistan Society Freedom Movement (Tevgera Azadi) made an address, saying:
“The women who are left out of the circle of power should work in cooperation. They ought to become more conscious and organise themselves. Only like this can they deal with the current situation.”