Kurdistan Communities of Women (KJK) released a written statement regarding the upcoming International Women’s Day.
KJK shared their evaluations of the women’s struggle in the Middle East and around the world and celebrated the upcoming 8 March with their statement calling on women around to world “to participate in women’s strikes and demonstrations and to increase the acceleration of struggle.”
“Women all around the world welcomes the 8 March with a great spirit of freedom,” said the KJK.
Medya News shares the translation of selected parts of the KJK statement as follows:
“The women have seen in all the continents of the world that they can decide on their destiny maybe for the first time in the 5,000-year-old human history. In this period of time we are passng through, no state and no power can stand against women as long as women’s unity and women’s joint actions are developed. A new era begins and it will be the era of women. It will be the era of freedoms, democracy and living in nature and in harmony with nature.
We salute the 23-year struggle of leader Apo (Abdullah Öcalan). His freedom means also the freedom of women. The women, the peoples, the beliefs who have been marginalized have found themselves in the paradigm of leader Apo.
Today, all the world stands up against the isolation of our Leadership (They refer to Abdullah Öcalan). Millions of people from various countries and continents of the world demand the freedom of our Leadership. It is the first time in history that the demand for the freedom of leader Apo has become so globalized.
The Kurdish women and the Kurdish people are not alone anymore.
We salute the 8 March of the woman prisoners and the woman guerillas.
We commemorate all those martyred women who have been immortalised in the struggle.
We commemorate those martyrs of Gare, where a new page of struggle was opened. The defeat they have given to the AKP-MHP (Justice and Development Party and Nationalist Movement Party coalition government of Turkey) will bring the end of their power.
When the list of charges were being prepared against the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-Chair Leyla Güven and the Free Women’s Movement (TJA) Spokesperson Ayşe Gökkan, one of the charges asked them, ‘Do you support a matriarchal system?’ The AKP-MHP government is the spokesperson of the patriarchal system and they deem all those women defending women’s rights as ‘terrorists’.
We declare that we will turn each and every place we are into the front of freedom. If we all move with our collective women’s identity and organisation, we will not dissappear in this system, but we can stand against it.
Within this regard, what strengthens our claim to make the 21st century a century of women is this joint spirit and consciousness. Kurdistan women’s unity and women’s comradeship develops all around the world as the determination of struggle grows each day.
The women’s movement around the globe has brought the patriarchal system to a point of collapse. Let us push against this system as much as we can.
Kurdish women play a pioneering role in the international women’s struggle. That is why the Turkish state targets especially Kurdish women. The logic behind the attacks of the Turkish state against Kurdish women is the logic of fascism. The Turkish state sees Kurdish women as an object to be raped and abused. This approach toward the Kurdish woman reflects the approach towards the Kurdish people in general, which is based on rape, occupation, plunder and exploitation politics.
Within this regard, we invite the women in Kurdistan, in the Middle East and around to world to participate in women’s strikes and increase the acceleration of struggle on the 8 March. We, the women, shall be the winners of this fight.”