The Free Yazidi Women’s Movement (TAJÊ) has launched the first demonstration in their 8 March campaign.
Women came together in Sinjar (Shengal), a city in northern Iraq with a Yazidi-majority population. All the women in the region were invited to take to the streets on 8 March to raise their voices for International Women’s Day.
The march had colourful moments with women wearing traditional dresses and playing dafs, a musical instrument also known as an erbane in Kurdish.
“Jîn, jiyan, azadi” and “Bıjî berwedana jinen” chanted the women as they marched, which mean “Woman, life, freedom” and “Long live the women’s resistance”.
Finally the women visited the “We are all Asayish” vigil, which opposes the agreement signed between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and supports the Yazidi Asayish forces (Êzidxan Asayish). The vigil has been based outside the Sinjar Asayish Centre since 2 December 2020.