​​​​​​​July 19 revolution effects on women of liberated areas from ISIS

The struggle and organization march of women during the July 19 Revolution, which is considered the “Woman Revolution”, which achieved a lot during 8 years and was able to create fertile ground for reviving the ideology of free women within society and male power, for all women in northeast Syria in particular, and women of the world in general.

Observers attribute women gains in the liberated areas of ISIS mercenaries, especially the areas (Manbij, Al-Tabqa, Al-Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor) due to the revolution that women waged in the Rojava regions.

Their 40-year struggle, and the structure that women formed at that time, helped women to embark on a new revolution.

Where did the liberated women from ISIS, derive the experience of the feminist struggle?

The women experience in the aforementioned areas in the feminist organization began, and work on the approach and principle of women’s freedom with the beginning of the liberation of these areas since 2016. Where Women’s Protection Units, YPJ  became famous regionally and globally after their war against ISIS mercenaries in the city of Kobani in 2014.

İn this way they affected women in neighboring areas, especially those under the rule of ISIS mercenaries, making the model of their struggle a dream for every woman in Rojava and the Arab region.

Hundreds of women from various Syrian regions, especially those that were under the control of ISIS mercenaries and other mercenary groups, joined the ranks of YPJ, and found in intellectual and military training a means to liberate cities and their people from ISIS injustice.

The women role in fighting ISIS mercenaries was remarkable, in addition to leading military operations and campaigns, until she became a spokesperson and a leader of the military councils.

The impact of women was not limited to the military scene only, but dozens of women headed towards the regions of Kobani and Afrin before their occupation on March 18, 2018 and Al-Jazeera region to get to know the organization of women, and train their live experience in how to wage a mental and intellectual revolution in the male-dominated society. They even worked within civil and feminist councils and institutions.

Deputy Co-presidency of the Executive Council in Manbij Nora Al-Hamid says: “I am a business administration graduate, I had worked as a social researcher for two years, but women were not allowed to express their thought and solutions to society.  After the liberation of the city of Manbij, and thanks to what we gained from the struggle of women during the Rojava Revolution, the situation has changed. ”

The impact of women’s organization in the Rojava Revolution on the women of other regions

The women achievements under Rojava Revolution made them a model for free women, and accordingly women from other regions have taken an approach to walk on it.

After the liberation of many areas from ISIS, the women immediately began forming their own councils such as the Syrian Women’s Council, the Future Syria Party, and their role in the C0-presidency in civil administrations and in all institutions Civilian, military councils, and internal security forces.

The first step was preparing women psychologically and intellectually to shake off the dust of oppression and mentality of ISIS mercenaries, preceded by the Baathist regime that marginalized the role of women and limited them to the field of education only, by organizing intellectual courses in civil society academies.

An administrator in the Women’s Administration in the city of Al-Raqqa, Mariam Al-Abo, said: “We suffered from the masculine mentality and ruling regimes. In the time of the Ba’athist regime, women had limited opportunities. ISIS period was more severe with more difficult laws than previously.

She adds that what she experienced, sparked a revolution from women in the regions of Rojava who were pioneers in society, after many hardships. So that hope was growing that she would have freedom one day as long as there are militant and organized women in her country. Women in those regions were not absent from the political scene either, as the spokesperson for the Women’s Council in Manbij Ibtisam Abd al-Qadir indicated that her life had transformed to a more active life after her involvement in the organization, and her political work within the Women’s Council.

Ibtisam returns the merit of those gains to the July 19 Revolution that was led by the woman, and she says: “We are also part of this revolution that has affected us positively, inspired by the struggle for women’s freedom, and urged us to face all odds and not give in to the obstacles, we derive morale and thought from the organization of women in the Rojava Revolution, it is our inheritance.

One of the achievements of the revolution was the unification of the various components, sects and groups of society, and touching the suffering and tragedy of women in each region, according to their specificity and treatment, and this is what made the revolution reach its current climax, despite its lack of many intellectual and intellectual elements, except that its continuation in the struggle and rebellion Against the ruling mentality, it will achieve its goal of liberation and immersion in the intellectual revolution.

Today, the liberated areas of ISIS mercenaries narrate the woman’s sacrifices and her struggle, as there are names that shine in this way, such as Hanaa Al-Saqr, Fatima Khabour, Khadija Al-Abbas and many others.

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