The International Women’s Day has been celebrated for the first time on March 8, 1909 in America, and it was known as the National Women’s Day. The American Socialist Party designated this day to celebrate women as a reminder of the strike of the garment workers in New York, where they protested against the work harsh conditions.
Before 1909, in the year 1856 AD, thousands of women went out to protest in the streets of New York city about the inhuman conditions in which they were forced to work, and the police worked to disperse the demonstrations, but despite that, the march succeeded in motivating the officials and politicians to present the problem of working women to the daily agendas to be highlighted as an urgent issue that have to be considered.
This scene was repeated on March 8, 1908, when thousands of textile workers began to demonstrate again in the streets of New York, and this time, they protested carrying dry bread and rose bouquets in a symbolic framework of their protest movement, demanding to reduce working hours and give women the right to vote.
After that, the movement moved to Europe and found an echo in America, until the United Nations formally adopted for the first time the International Women’s Day in 1977, so that this date became a symbol of the women’s struggle.
In this regard, our agency held an interview with several women from Qamishlo canton who emphasized the escalation of the struggle by making themselves an arena of resistance to complete the project of the leader Abdullah Ocalan in women’s liberation.
Asma Morad from Girkê Legê district has been arrested several times by the authorities of the Syrian regime as a result of her struggle. She pointed out that without the thought and philosophy of the leader Ocalan, we would not have learned anything about International Women’s Day, and she said: “We did not know that March 8th is International Women’s Day until after the spread of the thought and philosophy of the leader Abdullah Ocalan.”
She noted: “Initially, we were celebrating the International Women’s Day with a number not exceeding ten women, as the Syrian regime was blockading us and preventing us from celebrating, and we were arrested, but despite all of these repressive methods that the Baathist regime used to practice to prevent women from celebrating, the women’s will was stronger.”
Asma explained that the International Women’s Day which the leader Abdullah Ocalan made one of the most basic rights for women, no one can extinguish his torch. We will increase the pace of struggle and resistance.
In 2011, after the popular uprising that erupted in Syria against the Baathist regime, which turned into an armed revolution after external interventions, the people of the north and east regions of Syria adopted the third line after the July 19th Revolution, and women were able to make great achievements at all political, military, social and diplomatic levels.
She stressed: “We will continue the struggle as we struggled to make March 21st the day of salvation from injustice, promising all women to continue making this day an official holiday for free women.”.
Women’s role in Rojava Revolution
For her part, Rabia Zefo, a resident of Qamishlo city referred to the role of women in the Rojava Revolution saying: “Thanks to the thought and philosophy of the leader Abdullah Ocalan, women have been freed from slavery, injustice and exploitation by introducing them to their stolen rights.”
Rabia Zefo emphasized that the liberation of the country is linked to the liberation of women, as the leader says, and for this, the women must resist and struggle to complete the leader’s project.