Women activists from the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEVDEM) in Qamishli (Qamislo) district in northeastern Syria spoke to Hawar News about the assassination of two women officials from the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).
Hind Latif Al Khadir, the head of the Economy Committee of Til Shayir, and Sa’da Faysal Al Hermas, the co-president of Til Shayir Peoples’ Council, were shot dead on 22 January after having been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen that same evening, reported the Rojava Information Centre. Heseke Canton’s Council stated that the assassination of the two women was believed to have been carried out by ISIS sleeper cells. ISIS itself claimed responsibility for the assassination of the two women on 24 January.
“I pass on my condolences to the mothers of the two women”, said Meryem İbrahim, a TEVDEM activist in Qamishli. She expressed her sorrow at the murders of Hind Latif Al Khadir and Sa’da Faysal Al Hermas. “Nothing can prevent us from the path that we have chosen. We will unite as women and not allow violence and terror to stop us. We stand up against these inhumane attacks. We will not remain silent about these femicides and other violent acts. We will always stand strong”, she said.
“Those murderers aim to break the will of the women, but they cannot achieve that. We urge all North and East Syrian women not to turn their backs on our path that leads us to freedom”.
“We will resist against all these crimes targeting women. We will fight till the end to defeat ISIS”, said Efra Hisên, another activist. “The enemy is targeting the women of North and East Syria and the game played on women is a product of dirty politics”, she said. Hisên called on all women around the world to provide support to their freedom struggle in Syria.
Another activist from Qamishli, Leyla Hisên, stated that the Kurdish women have always been the target of attacks. “However, they also attack Arab women now and others as well. They aim to create a conflict between the peoples of the region”, she said. “But they will never succeed. The Rojava revolution raised awareness in the region regarding the fellowship of the people”. Leyla Hisên urged international rights defenders and especially women’s organisations to support the Rojava revolution. “We have been fighting not only for a specific group of people, but for all the peoples of the world”, she stated.