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  • Cuban Revolution led by women-1 

    Women at the frontlines of the resistance Cuban women, who became the symbol of the resistance in front of the whole world both before and after the Cuban Revolution, achieved significant success for people. Their struggle has become a model not only for Cuban society but also for all women around the world. Many revolutionary women such as Celia Sanchez, Vilma Espín, Teté Puebla and Nirma Cartón put their stamp on history. We draw attention to the resistance of Cuban women in this article series, which consists of seven articles.

  • The Roboski Massacre: “The fire inside us will never die even if 100 years pass” 

    On 28 December 2011, 34 persons living in the Roboski village of Hakkari’s Uludere district near the border with Iraq, including 17 children, were killed by a Turkish airstrike. Although 10 years have passed since the massacre took place, the families of victims have been carrying out their legal struggle because justice hasn’t been delivered yet. “The fire inside us will never die even if 100 years pass,” the families say and call on the AKP to face up to what happened 10 years ago.

  • From Mirabal Sisters to today-2 

    Agenda of women in Turkey: November 25 and 5th judicial reform package 277 women were murdered by men between November 2020 and October 2021 in Turkey, according to the data compiled from news outlets. The women were killed at home, in public places and in workplaces for various reasons. The murdering of women is defined as femicide or gendercide by women in Turkey. Inequality is legitimized by discriminatory policies and laws of the state. We spoke to lawyer Yelda Koçak, also a member of the Women's Platform for Equality (Eşitlik İçin Kadın Platformu-EŞİK), about the new regulations awaiting women and the year we left behind.

  • From Mirabal Sisters to today-1 

    Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa… They are Mirabal Sisters, known as the Butterflies all over the world. The struggle of the Mirabal Sisters, who became a symbol in the great struggle against the fascist Trujillo Government in the Dominican Republic, empowers the women of the world today. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 is a global UN program inspired by the assassination of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic on November 25, 1960. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women begins the 16 Days of Activism, which ends on December 10th with Human Rights Day. During these 16 days, people all over the world unite to raise awareness and campaign about ending gender-based violence. UN Women announced the global theme of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women as, “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!” to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. We prepared an article series, consisting of two articles, to summarize the history of the international day for the elimination of violence against women.

  • Olives of Afrin exported to other countries by Turkey (4) 

    “Get the invaders out of the land of olives” Appealing to the countries around the world, Siltan Mihemed said, “Save our lands from the invaders and get them out of the land of olives.”

  • Olives of Afrin exported to other countries by Turkey -3 

    Olives are sent to world markets through Turkey Indicating that war crimes have been committed in Afrin, Ruşin Hido, a member of the Afrin Human Rights Association, told us that the olive trees of the people of Afrin have been cut down and stolen. “The people of Afrin are forced to undersell their olive oil. Then, olive oil is taken to Turkey and exported from there with Turkish brands.

  • Olives of Afrin exported to other countries by Turkey -2 

    They dream of returning to Afrin and getting their olive trees back Women, who had been forcibly displaced from Afrin to Aleppo, dream of returning to Afrin and getting their olive trees back one day. ”We had a communal life. We would give olives to the families who didn’t have olive groves.”

  • Olives of Afrin exported to other countries by Turkey (1) 

    Olive trees are sacred in every religion The olive tree has been considered sacred for centuries. It has been protected everywhere as a treasure. Afrin is one of these places. In the city, the olive trees are like "prisoners of war". In this article series, we try to explain how the olives of Afrin have been exported and sold to other countries under Turkish brands and what the people of Afrin have faced. In the first article, we spoke to Silava Ealo, a biologist at the University of Aleppo, about the characteristics of the olive tree, the benefits of olives, and products made from olives.

  • Universities sow seeds of new life in NE Syria-3 

    Students: Our future is in our own universities Most students prefer Rojava University to study in Kurdish and they want to teach what they have learned to next generations, “Our future is in our university."

  • Universities sow seeds of new life in NE Syria-2 

    Rohan Mistefa: Students are educated with a perspective respecting democracy, ecology, and women’s freedom

  • Universities sow seeds of new life in NE Syria-1 

    Great interest in Faculty of Jineology There are four universities in NE Syria, first was founded in Afrin. These universities have many faculties such as Kurdish Literature, Economics, Engineering and Jineology. The new departments are opened in the universities according to the demands of the students. The universities are ready to welcome students for the academic year 2021-2022

  • Memory of Kurdish culture: Dengbêj-5 

    Aslîka Qadir keeps singing her songs Dengbêj Aslîka Qadir, best-known for her song “Welatê Me Kurdistan e”, dedicates her life to Kurdish art and culture. She still takes the stage and sings her songs with a strong voice.

  • Memory of Kurdish culture: Dengbêj-4 

    Zadîna Şakir: The base of Kurdish culture Zadîna Şakir, who dedicated her life to Kurdish art and culture, composed and sang many songs.

  • Memory of Kurdish culture: Dengbêj-3 

    Fatma İsa: The dengbêj of all time The songs of dengbêjan (plural of dengbej) have been listened to for years. The songs of Fatma İsa are among them.

  • Memory of Kurdish culture: Dengbêj-2 

    Sûsika Simo: A Dengbêj without borders Sûsika Simo was a female dengbêj, whose Kurdish and Armenian songs were listened to in many countries through Radio Yerevan.

  • Memory of Kurdish culture: Dengbêj (Storytellers) 

    Their voices listened by generations Touching voices of female dengbêjan (plural of dengbej) generate songs and tell stories. Their voices could be heard in Diyarbakır, Urmia, Duhok, and Qamishlo from Radio Yerevan. Fatma İsa, Susika Simo, Sisa Mecid, Zadina Şakir and Aslika Qadir were among female dengbêjan, who made their voices heard through Radio Yerevan. They brought the Kurdish culture and life to the future with their voices. Female dengbêjan (storytellers), proving the existence of women in every field of art and life, play an important role for Kurdish women to gain status and rights today. We prepare a five-day article series about female dengbêjan from past to today.

  • Start of Libyan women’s era in struggle for trade unions– 2 

    Nermin Sharif: I keep struggling despite all the pressures Three assassination attempts were carried out against her, she was detained many times, her passport was confiscated, she was marginalized, false information was shared about her, but she never gives up her struggle for workers. “Despite all the pressures, I am the one who succeeds,” says Nermin Sharif, the president of the Libyan General Federation of Trade Unions. Nermin Sharif has carried important works on the trade union struggle of women in Libya. She gives good news; the Libyan women workers are going to form the Female Workers’ Network.

  • Start of Libyan women’s era in struggle for trade unions– 1 

    Struggle for trade unions from past to today While the struggle for unions differs from country to country, this struggle continues in Libya, where strikes have been banned since 1972, despite all pressures. The activities of trade unions are seen as a danger in non-democratic countries, the collective bargaining process in Muslim countries also differs from each other. In our two-day article series, we will share information about the activities of trade unions in Libya and women’s struggle in unions. In the second part of the article series, we will share our interview with Nermin Sharif, the president of the Libyan General Federation of Trade Unions.

  • First sacrificed people: women-3 

    We spoke to feminist lawyer Diren Cevahir Şen about the legal processes of femicide and self-defense cases. “Women are not protected by the state. They are sent home back by police when they apply to them about the violence they face. They are forced to live in torture places so-called houses. When they protect themselves, Article 25 and 27/2 of the Turkish Penal Code are applied against them.”

  • First sacrificed people: women -2 

    “No penalty shall be imposed upon an offender in respect of acts which were committed out of necessity, in order to protect against a serious and certain danger,” says Article 25 of the Turkish Penal Code; however, women face many problems when they try to defend themselves against male violence to not be killed. The right to self-defense of women, who had to kill to not be killed, is systematically ignored.