Activist women in Qamishlo (Qamisli) spoke to Hawar News Agency about the assassination of two Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) officials in Al-Hasakah.
Hind Latif Al Khadir, the Head of the Economy Committee of Til Shayir, and Seda Faysal Al Hermas, the co-president of Til Shayir Peoples Council, were shot dead on 22 January after being kidnapped by ISIS.
“Arab, Kurdish and Assyrian women have proven themselves in all areas of politics”, said Şemsîxan Gulo, a member of the Qamishlo Assembly. “Women who do not comply with the mentality of the state are exposed to violence, rape and massacres. The murders of Seda Feysel El Hermas and Hind Letîf El Xidêr are concrete examples of this.
“As women, we must insist on our struggle against the enemy and never give up”, said Gulo. “They want to destroy the women’s movement, our will, and our minds.”
Women were on the front lines of the Rojava Revolution and played a leading role, according to Gulo. Against this model of women as revolutionaries and leaders, she said, “They want to create the ‘ISIS woman’ model. We are women, we have our own free will. We are able to make decisions about ourselves. We lost hundreds of thousands of martyrs for women’s freedom”.
“Women are the foundation of society”, said Qamishlo Council Member Rîma El Hisên. “The assassinations show the intention is to intimidate women who now have political status, especially those participating in and embracing the Autonomous Administration”.
Gulistan Elî, a Qamishlo Kongreya Star Spokesperson, said, “The murder of our two woman friends is similar to the murder of Hevrin Xelef. The massacres targeting women today are the same as those committed by ISIS. By targeting civilian women, they want to eliminate women’s participation in politics. Attacking two leading AANES official women means that they target the Autonomous Administration”.
Elî said the women living in the AANES have become conscious of freedom. “Our enemies think they can eliminate women with violence; on the contrary, our efforts in the struggle for women’s liberation are getting stronger”.