POLITICAL
THE POLITICAL The Political committee is responsible for creating and administering democratic nation’s policies on the basis of the women’s confederal organization. It represents a political tool for women within current political parties and structures. It develops the democratic societal administration of women against the practical system. It forms local, regional and national women’s assemblies in neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities. It works to implement the co-chairing system in all the institutions and organizations of democratic society. It prioritizes the forming of relationships with women in the international sphere, in order to further democratic politics and the organization of different identities, cultures and believes. It develops its own institutions –primarily academies– in accordance with need.

WOMEN RISE UP FOR AFRIN

The “Women Rise Up For Afrin” campaign is a call to the was launched on February 8th, 2018, by Kongra Star Afrin. It drew attention on the attacks on Afrin and connected women all around the world in solidarity. A part of it was also the mobilization for March 8th, 2018– International Women’s Day, where hundreds of women went to Afrin under the continuous shelling and bombardment of the Turkish army to show solidarity directly and physically. At that time, Turkey and its jihadist proxies had been attacking Afrin Canton, a peaceful region of Northern Syria, for over a month. The invasion posed a threat not only to pluralism and democracy in Northern Syria, but to women’s freedom everywhere in the world.

Women Rise Up For Afrin is call issued to the women of the world issued in response to the invasion, to protect the women’s revolution from everywhere in the world and to unite against fascism, occupation and terror. Before the Turkish invasion, Afrin’s women played key roles in all areas of life. They defended Northern Syria as members of the YPJ— Arin Mirkan, hero of the battle of Kobani, was from Afrin. They had equal roles in politics— by law, as in all of Northern Syria, every elected body had to include at least 40% women. They participated equally in the economy as Afrin fought to be self-sufficient in the face of hostile neighbors.

Afrin’s women built a pluralistic and democratic society for all. When they fought to defend their land, they fought to defend a women’s revolution that had transformed millions of lives– but their struggle was ignored by the so- called “international community.” Rather than relying on the false and exploitative support of governments, they asked for genuine solidarity and support from women everywhere.

Today, the Turkish occupation forces kidnap, rape and torture women, force religious minorities to convert to Islam, burn agricultural land that locals had cultivated and developed for centuries, and crush non-Turkish and non- Islamic culture, the second phase of the “Women Rise Up For Afrin” campaign has begun. The women of Afrin continue to resist fascism and defend their people in refugee camps established in Shahba— Berxwedan, which houses 2,865 people, Serdem, which houses 2,931, and Afrin, which houses 428. There, they have organized schools and hospitals in order to ensure that children continue to receive an education and that medical patients can be treated. The schools opened in Shahba serve over 1,000 children in the three camps. Many schools were bombed during the invasion, so children experienced a serious interruption in their education, along with significant trauma. Schools in Shahba still lack textbooks, supplies, and proper psychological support resources for displaced children.

Medical workers from Heyva Sor and from Afrin’s main hospital— which was bombed by the Turkish military in mid-March— have established a hospital in Fafin and several medical points in other villages. These hospitals have saved many lives— but cannot help the most vulnerable patients due to a lack of supplies and equipment. Small children, pregnant women, and the elderly are especially in danger; and treatable conditions are compounded by malnutrition, unclean water, and a lack of electricity for air conditioning or heat.

Facing these conditions, the women of Afrin and all Northern Syria we repeat our call for global solidarity. We ask the world to support displaced people in Shahba and to speak out against the occupation so that, one day, the people of Afrin can return home, secure and free. We call on all women to support Northern Syria’s resistance against occupation— whether the occupation forces are ISIS, al-Qaeda, or Turkey— and to remember that what is under attack is especially the women’s revolution. Therefore the liberation of Afrin is a milestone on the way for liberation of women everywhere.