Kongra Star commemorates Qereçox martyrs

Kongra Star Coordination has commemorated Qereçox martyrs in the second anniversary of their martyrdom, and pointed out that as Kongra Star, they would increase the pace of the struggle with free women’s resistance.

Thursday marks the second anniversary of the Turkish occupation state targeting of the headquarters of the General Command of the People and Women Protection Unites (YPG, YPJ). In this regard, the Kongra Star Coordination issued a statement and pointed out that the martyrs thwarted the occupation’s plans with their pure blood.

The Coordination said that the martyrs achieved their promise. “On the second anniversary of the Qereçox martyrs, we promise them that we will continue struggling to achieve their goals. By virtue of our martyrs’ blood, many victories have been achieved, so today our homeland has been a source of victories.”

The Coordination pointed out during the statement that the Turkish occupation state tried through its attacks to target the will of the people, but the martyrs thwarted all these schemes.

“On the second anniversary of these attacks, we affirm that the martyrs have confirmed the will of free women, and with this will, we affirm that we will escalate the struggle,” the Coordination added.

It is worth mentioning that on this day, the Turkish occupation aircrafts bombed the headquarters of the General Command of YPG, YPJ in Qereçox, and 20 fighters of YPG, YPJ were martyred.

Afrin will be the last path to collapse the dictatorial thought

In conjunction with the anniversary of the massacrs committed against the Armenians, which left more than one and a half million of Armenian victims by decision of Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the Kongra Star Coordination in Rojava has released statement saying that Afrin will be the last path to collapse the dictatorial thought.

The text of the statement included:

“The Turkish state has a history full of massacres and inhumane violations. It has roots in the extermination and melting of non-Turkish sects. The massacres of Sefo are ones of the massacres committed against the minorities. On the April 24th of 1915, the Ottoman Empire committed the worst crime in the history of mankind, and killed one million and a half Armenians by a decision of the Sultan Abdul Hamid II, and it did not limit to only the Armenian Holocaust, but the political experiment against the Armenians repeated against other communities, as well as the Kurds, the massacre of Simil against the Assyrian people, and the massacre of Dêrsim against the Alawites, Greeks and Shiites. The Kurdish Cause is one of the most noticeable issues because the solution of this issue is linked to the resolution of all issues of the oppressed peoples. Turkey’s policy is still continuing and at a higher pace than before, as its intervention in the Syrian territories in Jarablous, al-Bab, Idlib, Azaz and Afrin, its support for terrorism and demographic change in Afrin, killing their people, stealing their properties and uprooting trees until their lives have become synonymous with death by the ugliest images, but these practices, policies and exceeding the red lines will lead Turkey to collapse, and Afrin will be the last path and the failure of the dictatorial thought.

We, as Kongra Star, call on the international community to hold the Turkish government accountable for all the crimes it has committed and still committing, and to put an end to Erdogan’s policy.”

 

Message from Star Congress to the women-led uprising in Sudan

We want freedom, justice, and for this women’s revolution to grow. Women around the world have been marginalized and suffered. They have been restricted socially, economically and especially had lost their freedom to speak and express their minds. However these practices didn’t prevent them struggling for their rights and they raised their voices together to stand against dictatorship, especially the women of Sudan who lead the mobilization of the people.
We as Star Congress commend the pioneering women’s role in this struggle and we are in solidarity with the calls for a free, democratic society led by women. We call on all women around the world to support this revolution.

 

 

Women’s Laws in Rojava – Northern Syria

The concept of masculinity in our society has led to many political, social, economic, cultural and psychological problems— most notably the oppression and marginalization of women. Under this system, women have been deprived of their rights and made vulnerable.
In addition to such inherited traditions and concepts, which impeded the progress of women and limited their aspirations for a better future, many laws and institutions also threatened women’s freedom. All of these obstacles— such as divorce by a man’s individual will, forced marriage, polygamy, and countless other oppressive institutions— reflected poorly not only on the condition of women, but on the status of our society as a whole.
Based on our belief in the importance of the role of women in the family, which constitutes the basic nucleus of society, we believe that women’s freedom must be the basic guarantee for rebuilding democratic families and a free, democratic society. Development in any society is best achieved by activating the role of women and ensuring their participation in the construction and progress of their communities. Therefore, we believe that women must continue their struggle to achieve guarantees that safeguard their dignity. They must take their freedom and their right to control their lives and their children, and must no longer accept any form of marginalization. A women’s liberation movement is urgently needed to confront all forms of backwardness, violence and murder.
Ensuring women’s rights and freedoms in this way is the main goal of the Democratic Self-Administration. As such, the Administration must solve all outstanding issues that women face in society, improve their situation, secure their lives, defend them against persecution and violence, and ensure their legitimate rights.
Under these circumstances, we decided to develop a set of basic principles and general provisions relating to the status of women, in order to ensure equality and build a free and democratic society.

Basic Principles:
1.  Fighting the reactionary authoritarian mentality in society is the duty of every individual in the areas governed by the Democratic Self-Administration.
2.   Equality between men and women shall be guaranteed in all aspects of public and private life.
3.   Women have the right to be nominees, nominate, and take all political positions.
4.   All institutions must commit to the principle of participatory management.
5.  Women have the right to form political organizations; social, economic, cultural and rightful defense organizations; and other organizations, including all those that do not violate the Social Contract principles.
6.   A representative of women’s organizations and human rights organizations is to be present as an observer, at prior invitation from the Council, when discussing laws issued in exceptional cases in the Legislative Council.
7.   When issuing laws relating to women in the Legislative Council, the will of women shall be taken into account.
8. Women and men shall be equal in matters of work and payment.
9.  The testimony of a woman and the testimony of a man shall have equal legal value.
10.   No woman or girl may be married without her consent.
11.  Cancel dowry because it considers as of material value  to posses  the woman and replaced  by the participation of two parties to insure a participatory  life .
12.  Marriage contracts shall be a civil matter.
13 .  Polygamy shall be prevented.
14.  Both parties in a marriage are entitled to seek separation, and a couple cannot be divorced by individual will.
15.  Men and women are to be equal in all matters of inheritance.
16.  Prevent banning the girl from marrying.
17.  Killings under the pretext of “honor” are a full-fledged physical, moral, and legal crime, punishable by penalties stipulated in the penal code as the crime of killing, accidentally or deliberately.
18.  Impose strict and equal punishment to the perpetrator of infidelity on both sides.
19.  Human trafficking, especially of children and women, is to be criminalized and punished harshly. This includes all types of trafficking, including, but not limited to, sexual exploitation, child labor, and trading in human organs.
20.  Violence and discrimination against women is to be prevented. Gender-based discrimination is a crime punishable by law. The Democratic Self-Administration should fight against all forms of violence and discrimination through the development of legal mechanisms and services that provide protection, prevention and treatment for victims of violence.
21.  The Democratic Self-Administration shall ensure the democratic rights of children and protect them from all forms of violence and exploitation.

General Provisions:
22.   Women and men have equal rights under the nationality law.
23.  The Democratic Self-Administration ensures for each individual and family, especially children and women, health and social insurance, as well as basic requirements for living in a free and dignified life; as well as providing necessary protection for widows and older women.
24.  Girls may not marry before the age of eighteen.
25.  Women have the right to custody of their children until they reach the age of fifteen, whether the mother is married or not. After this, the children have the right to choose, and the duty of the two parents is to secure housing and alimony for their children.
26.  Children under the age of fifteen who wish to travel require permission from their parents.
27.  When women’s and family issues are taken to court, a representative from the women’s center must be present. Her opinion shall be non-binding and advisory.
28.  Working women shall have paid maternity leave for up to three births.
29.  In the case of divorce, the wife has the right to take all gold jewelry and other items purchased for her for the wedding, or their equivalent value, whether these items are in her possession or have been disbursed by her husband.
30.  The Democratic Self-Administration shall establish centers for pregnant and lactating women who have been sentenced for a crime to spend the duration of their sentences, taking into account their condition and the condition of the fetus and newborn.

 

Avin Sweed: Women in northern and eastern Syria will be present in the Syrian constitution

Avin Sweed explained that the plot that targeted the ideology and philosophy of the leader Ocalan was unsuccessful, because this thought is the best solution for all the peoples of the region, and the people of the region take Ocalan’s thought as the basis of their struggle and strength.

Kongra Star and Tirbespiyê District Council held a large meeting for the people of the region, on the occasion of the birth of the leader Abdullah Ocalan, in Roj Hall north of the region. In the presence of dozens of components of the region and official spokeswoman of Kongra Star Avin Sweed.

The meeting started with holding a minute of silence for the souls of the martyrs, after which the meeting was run by Avin Sweed, and pointed out that the leader Ocalan was not a party leader but he also called on to solve all the issues of oppressed peoples and liberate them, and said: “This is what terrified the colonial and capitalist countries, so they created a conspiracy against him to prevent the arrival of his idea to the peoples.”

Avin noted that the plot that targeted the ideology and philosophy of Ocalan failed, because this thought is the best solution for all the peoples of the region, so the peoples of the region have taken Ocalan’s thought as the basis of their struggle.

Avin added that the leader Ocalan and since his youth opposed the social and political habits that were imposed on the right of women, and therefore considered the freedom of women is the basis of freedom of society, and said: “So today we find thousands of women carrying the liberal ideology put forward by Ocalan. ”

“Women in northern and eastern Syria will be present in the Syrian constitution and will shape the future of Syria, thanks to the great sacrifices made by women in northern and eastern Syria and will lead the revolution,” Avin said.