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Women in Kurdish Politics: Competition

Ruwayda - 2017-05-18 12:39
Why do Kurdish women compete against each other instead of trying to work collaboratively to achieve political goals? Kurdish women, like their male counterparts, seek to advance their careers more so than working collaboratively. According to Pierre Bour ...

The need for a ‘Kurdish’ form of feminism

Ruwayda - 2017-05-15 07:02
Kurdish women can often be their own worst enemies in relation to challenging the normative status quo, especially when it comes down to what constitutes as feminism in the region. This might sound strange, but for some reason, the word ‘feminist’ has bec ...

‘Hundreds of Us Will Die in Raqqa’: The Women Fighting ISIS

The Kurdish Project - 2017-05-12 21:58
Kimberley Taylor from Blackburn is part of the all-female Kurdish force battling to rout Islamic State. The post ‘Hundreds of Us Will Die in Raqqa’: The Women Fighting ISIS appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

YPG and Arab Tribes Clash over Fleeing Conscript

BAS News - 2017-05-10 19:37
YPG forces kidnap 50 villagers, including women ERBIL— After Kurdish forces in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) attempted to arrest a deserting Arab conscript, they were confronted by the Arab tribes north of the city of Hasaka, and the crossfire caused several ...

Kurdish Actress Wins Award for Best Role in Los Angeles Festival

BAS News - 2017-05-07 21:08
She dedicates the award to Yezidi women ERBIL- Diman Zandi, who played the major role in a movie about the trauma of the Kurdish Yezidi women under Islamic State (IS) captivity won the title for the best actress in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest ...

Dire situation a woman 64 years old in Evin prison.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-04-29 13:42
According to the report to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association Noshin Mirabdolbaqi 64 years ols prison sentence on charges of supporting Kurdish parties, insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, blasphemy state, women’s rights, propaganda ...

mobile hospital opened in Ain Issa Camp

ANHA - 2017-04-15 14:36
Kurdish Red Crescent and Swiss AVC organization provided a mobile hospital to Ain Issa Camp for refugees to provide medical services to displaced women in the camp. ...

Nine Kurdish Yezidis Freed from IS

BAS News - 2017-04-10 00:46
DUHOK — A total of nine Kurdish Yezidis, including four women and five children, were freed from the grip of Islamic State (IS) militants on Sunday, an official said. “They will arrive in Duhok [province of Kurdistan Region] on Monday to be reunited with ...

18 Iranian Kurds Detained Within Two Weeks

BAS News - 2017-04-09 18:57
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran since 21st of March has placed at least 18 Kurdish citizens in detention, said a monitoring group. Human rights observer Hangaw Group revealed that two women are among those detained in this period. They are from vari ...

KNC condemns chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun

KNC Geneva - 2017-04-06 20:01
On April 5, 2017, the secretary-general of the Kurdish National Council in Syria has expressed its strong condemnation of the chemical bombing on civilians, mainly women, children and elderly people, in Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province. It leaves no doubt ...

Seven More Kurdish Yezidis Freed from IS Captivity

BAS News - 2017-04-04 14:29
The rescued Yezidis consist of 5 children and 2 women DUHOK — As the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq is nearing its end, seven more Kurdish Yezidi abductees were freed from the extremist group on Tuesday. Kurdistan Region’s Directorate of Ye ...

HDP Ağrı parliamentarian Taşdemir detained

Waar Media - 2017-04-02 14:30
WAAR-DUHOK: Pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Ağrı parliamentarian and the Party Women’s Assembly Spokesperson Dilan Dirayet Taşdemir has been detained in Muş where she was participating in the referendum campaign. Taşdemir is expected to appea ...

32nd CoE Congress accepts report on DBP municipalities

ANF/English - 2017-03-30 11:49
The 32nd CoE Local and Regional Administrations Congress has accepted by a majority vote the report on practices like the trustee appointments to Kurdish municipalities, arrests of co-mayors and shut down of women’s and children’s services. ...

Newroz celebrations by guerrillas continue

ANF/English - 2017-03-26 14:21
Guerrillas of the HPG (People's Defense Forces) and YJA-Star (Free Women's Troops) continue their celebrations to welcome the Kurdish New Year festival Newroz. ...

Self-immolations on the rise among Kurdish women in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— According to nongovernmental organization Wadi, 57% of Iraqi Kurds between 14 and 19 years old underwent an excision of the clitoris. Honor killings by male family members are still common in Iraqi Kurdistan, and many ...

[IN PICTURES]: 5 Women and 3 Children of Abducted Yezidis Freed from IS

BAS News - 2017-03-19 18:14
They were taken to Raqqa in Syria DUHOK — Kurdistan Region’s Directorate of Yezidi Abductees Affairs stated that eight Kurdish Yezidis including women and children were freed from the grip of the Islamic State (IS) in Raqqa, the group's stronghold in Syr ...

Self-immolations on the rise among Iraqi Kurdish women / Laurene Daycard

KurdPress - 2017-03-18 11:19
Female Kurdish fighters, who represent less than 1% of the roughly 200,000 peshmerga forces, have become “the bankable icon” of the fight against the Islamic State. But beyond the illusions of a land that supports women’s rights, the reality in Iraqi Kurd ...

Rojava Kurds Showcase Traditional Attire at Fashion Show

Waar Media - 2017-03-15 22:19
WAAR-DUHOK: Rojava Kurds hit the catwalk on March 10, 2017, to demonstrate traditional Kurdish attire during a fashion show. The show was sponsored by a local political party and featured 15 women and seven men modelling a range of traditional attire. Th ...

Kurdish Delegation Participating in CSW 2017

BAS News - 2017-03-14 20:45
NEW YORK — A delegation from Kurdistan Region is taking part in the 61st meeting of United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. The first meeting was held on Monday with the participation of Pakhshan Zangana, the Trustee at Kurdi ...

Turkey’s Kurds demonstrate for their rights on Women’s Day

E-Kurd - 2017-03-11 21:49
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Thousands of Kurdish women on Wednesday demonstrated in the southeastern main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in Turkish Kurdistan to demand their rights and protest against injustices against women on International ...

Kurdish women open first book café in Iraqi Kurdistan capital

E-Kurd - 2017-03-11 21:49
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Bright colored walls, books draped from a purple ceiling, and a menu that includes syringes for happiness, joy, love and smiles. Ravan Ja’afar Al taei, 30, an avid reader and writer, is the co-founder of the book c ...

Kurdish women in Iraqi Kurdistan launch campaign to end cyberbullying

E-Kurd - 2017-03-11 21:49
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Dozens of Kurdish women have collaborated together in an online campaign, intending to end gender-based cyberbullying in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. The campaign is called #KurdishWomenEmpower, and was initiated by Lanja ...

Kurdish woman set ablaze by husband, receives little media attention

Ruwayda - 2017-03-09 15:47
While some women were celebrating International Women’s Day with slogans, flowers, and pretty selfies, I could not help but wonder, what are they celebrating? Perhaps they live in an “alternative” reality because the situation of women has only improved o ...

23 Kurdish female political prisoners held in Iranian prisons

E-Kurd - 2017-03-08 16:09
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— According to the statistics of Hengaw website for human rights in the Iranian Kurdistan, 23 Kurdish women and girls are held in prisons in Iran. On March 8th, marking the International Women’s Day, the website rele ...

23 Kurdish Female Political Prisoners Held in Iranian Prisons

BAS News - 2017-03-08 15:58
Two female inmates have been sentenced to life imprisonment ERBIL — According to the statistics of Hengaw website for human rights in the Iranian Kurdistan, 23 Kurdish women and girls are held in prisons in Iran. On March 8th, marking the International W ...

KRG Reiterates Utmost Efforts to Free Yezidi Women from IS

BAS News - 2017-03-08 15:58
KRG wishes a happy day to all the Kurdish women ERBIL — On March 8th, the International Women's Day, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers reiterated its continuous efforts to rescue the Yezidi women still held in Islamic State (IS) ca ...

Barzani High Values Role of Kurdish Women at 8 March

Waar Media - 2017-03-08 15:57
WAAR-DUHOK: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani praises the sacrifices made by Kurdish women throughout history. Barzani specifically congratulated the International Women’s Day to the mothers, wives an ...

March 8th celebrations launched in Afrin

ANHA - 2017-03-08 15:57
Before a while, the events of Afrin celebrations in the International Women’s Day have been launched in Afrin canton with participation of Kurdish, Arab, Yazidi and Alawites women. ...

Women of castle of resistance celebrate March 8th

ANHA - 2017-03-08 15:57
The castle of Resistance women in the Syrian north have launched the celebrations where thousands of Kurdish, Arab, Turkmen and Circassian women have taken part in. ...

Marking March 8, Barzani Values Role of Kurdish Women

BAS News - 2017-03-08 01:30
ERBIL — On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani praises the sacrifices made by Kurdish women throughout history. Barzani specifically congratulated the International Women’s Day to the mothers, wives and da ...

Jazira canton marches against attacks on Shengal

ANHA - 2017-03-03 23:20
AMUDA – Citizens protested against the attacks against Nusaybin and Shengal in the Canton of Jazira. Kurdish and Arab citizens from Amuda, Qamishli and Hasaka gathered at the Free Women’s Square in Amuda to protest the recent attacks against the Kurdish p ...

Iran forces detain Kurdish activist Farzaneh Jalali in Kermanshah

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-02-27 02:03
Iranian security forces arrested Kurdish civil and Kurdish women’s right Farzaneh Jalali on 23 February in Kermanshah (Also known in Kurdish as Kermashan) and transferred her to an unknown location. According to Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) sourc ...

IS Captive Says He Has Raped 200 Women and Killed 500 People

BAS News - 2017-02-18 11:52
He was captured by the Kurdish Counter-terrorism forces during Kirkuk attack ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) militant Ammar Hussein who is now a captive in Sulaymaniyah province confessed that he has raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities particu ...

IS Leader, In Charge of Yezidi Abductees, Killed Near Tel Affar

BAS News - 2017-02-01 23:32
His vehicle came under rocket fire by Hashd al-Shaabi MOSUL — Rocket attacks on Wednesday killed a prominent Islamic State (IS) leader near Mosul who was responsible for the abducted Kurdish Yezidi women, military sources confirmed. “Harbi Abdulkarim, IS ...

300 Years Term Issued for Iranian Kurdish Inmates in 2016

Rojikurd - 2017-01-15 00:07
In 2016, some 81 Kurdish inmates from Iran received in total 300 years of custody for different felonies. In the same time, six Iranian Kurdish women were also altogether sentenced to 162-month term, a human rights watch organization reported. According t ...

New inquiry request on the Paris murders: Turkey gave the order

ANF/English - 2017-01-13 13:36
Antoine Comte, lawyer for the families of the three Kurdish revolutionary women murder in Paris, said: “Ömer Güney’s death benefits all parties except us. It serves the interests of the Turkish and French states, but not ours.” ...

New inquiry request on the Paris massacre: Turkey gave the order!

ANF/English - 2017-01-13 12:42
Antoine Comte, lawyer for the families of the three Kurdish revolutionary women murder in Paris, said: “Ömer Güney’s death benefits all parties except us. It serves the interests of the Turkish and French states, but not ours.” ...

Two women from Denmark send medical aid to Rojava

ANF/English - 2017-01-13 11:34
Two Kurdish women from Denmark, one doctor and one nurse, created an initiative to send medical equipment to hospitals in Rojava Kurdistan and they are about to reach their goal. ...

Charity helping Yazidi survivors of Isis sexual slavery shut down

The Guardian - 2017-01-12 09:24
Kurdish authorities’ closure of Yazda leaves more than 1,200 women and children without any support, warn activistsKurdish authorities have shut down a key charity that was supporting women and children from the Yazidi minority who survived Isis sexual sl ...

PAJK: we will hold conspirers accountable

ANHA - 2017-01-09 15:10
Kurdistan Free Women Party(PAJK) recalled the Kurdish strugglers Sakine Cansız and her colleagues to escalate struggle following their footsteps and holding conspirers to account. ...

Thousands of Kurds take to the Paris streets

KurdPress - 2017-01-08 09:01
Over 5,000 Kurds took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to demand justice and more effort to be put toward the investigation of what is believed to be a politically motivated assassination of three Kurdish women which took place in January of 2013. ...

Thousands in Paris: We won't allow the case to be covered up

ANF/English - 2017-01-07 18:50
Thousands joined a rally in Paris today to mark the 4th anniversary of the murder of Kurdish women Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez, and vowed to keep the struggle going until justice is done. ...

US to pay price for supporting Syrian Kurds: Turkey

Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-06 19:12
Fighters of the Kurdish Women's Protection Units (YPJ), a part of the People's Protection Units (YPG) are seen in training at a military camp in Malikiya, Hassaka province in Syrian Kurdistan, Dec. 9, 2013. (Photo: Reuters) ...

Kurdish Activists To Submit Bill Protecting Women Abused by IS

BAS News - 2017-01-04 17:05
The bill calls for recognizing, compensating and reintegrating the victims ERBIL — For the Iraqi government to recognize and compensate the women who were treated as sex-slaves by the Islamic State (IS) militants, women activists in the Kurdistan Region ...

Was Ömer Güney’s death planned?

ANF/English - 2017-01-04 14:11
The hitman for the scheme that murdered three revolutionary Kurdish women Ömer Güney died mere weeks before the trial started. But there were no indications that his health was deteriorating up to that day. ...

Kurdish Women in Sweden Awarded as They Lead the Way in Public Life

The Kurdish Project - 2017-01-04 03:53
The following article was originally published in Rudaw on December 27. 2016. STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Kurdish women in Sweden play a leading role in public life in that country and many have received awards in 2016 in recognition of their work. “Kurdish women ...

Kurdistan; Another Woman Killed by Father, Why not Politicizing it?

Kurdishpolicy - 2016-12-29 20:17
While the West admires the role of the Kurdish female fighters in Rojava( Syrian Kurdistan), the women in Iraqi Kurdistan continue to suffer from many tribal, religious, and legal barriers. They continue to face atrocities and killings, mostly by family m ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – December 25, 2016

E-Kurd - 2016-12-29 10:41
Yazidi woman sold as sex-slave five times by Islamic State speaks about abuse Sulaimani: Two Kurdish Yazidi women who survived Islamic State (IS) captivity and abuse, have spoken out about the horrific abuse they were subjected to by the jihadist group. T ...

Kurdish beauty hopes to represent Iran in next Miss Universe contest

E-Kurd - 2016-12-29 10:41
TEHRAN,— Iranian Kurdish fashion designer Sonia Beytoushi says that she is willing to and confident that she can represent Iran in the next Miss Universe contest and being from Iran gives her the chance that other Kurdish women haven’t had for not having ...

Kurdish women innovate to overcome power shortages in Erbil

Ruwayda - 2016-12-26 00:58
Kurdistan Region is currently facing financial and economic hardships. The financial crisis has led to the decline of business investment and prosperity as the government continues to host over one million refugees fleeing the violence of Islamic State gr ...

Kurdish women group demands justice over Paris Kurd killings

E-Kurd - 2016-12-24 12:50
Kurdisches Frauenbüro für Frieden e.V. via Ekurd.net DÜSSELDORF,— On the 9th of January, 2013, three Kurdish female politicians Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez were assassinated in Paris. In the time after the assassinations the documents, t ...

Three Kurdish women, Charlie Hebdo, and the November 13 Massacre

ANF/English - 2016-12-19 13:50
Some four years ago, on January 9, 2013, three revolutionary Kurdish women were murdered in the middle of Paris by shots to their heads. All three of them took three bullets in the head each. It was the middle of the day. ...

Suspect in Kurdish activist killings dies in Paris

DW - 2016-12-18 23:04
The man accused of murdering three Kurdish women has died before his trial could proceed. French investigators believe Turkey's national intelligence agency might have been implicated in the murders. ...

Ezidi women accept human rights award

Kurdistan24 - 2016-12-13 21:46
Nadia Murad (C) and Lamiya Aji Bashar (R), both Kurdish women of the Ezidi faith receive their 2016 Sakharov Prize from European Parliament President Martin Schulz (L) during an award ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Dec. 13, 201 ...

Barzani: Peshmerga Won't Retreat from Pre-October 17 Liberated Areas

BAS News - 2016-11-24 17:08
Kurdistan Region won't tolerate those who supported IS and assaulted the Kurdish Yezidi girls and women ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated that the Peshmerga forces will not withdraw from the areas they had liberated before the star ...

VIDEO: Who are the backstage soldiers of the Raqqa battle?

Kurdistan24 - 2016-11-13 19:19
A group of Syrian Kurdish women prepare food for the fighters in the offensive to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State (IS), Ain Issa, Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), Syria, Nov. 12, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24) ...

VIDEO: Battle for Raqqa: YPG-led forces control strategic town

Kurdistan24 - 2016-11-11 22:12
Two Syrian Kurdish fighters of the Women Protection Units (YPJ), fighting under the umbrella of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), rest in the strategic town of Heesha after liberating it, northern Raqqa , Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), November 10, 2016. (P ...
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