Kurdish female fighters demand international support to combat ISIS


Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ ruling a break in the Syrian northern town of Sere Kaniye. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Under the banner “Women resist for dignity”, the Kurdish Woman’s Movement (KJK) called on the international community to back the Kurdish female fighters in Syria, who have joined the conflict against extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

The KJK’s call came on the 25th of November, which marks the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The KJK’s statement, of which ARA News received a copy, said that the women and the entire Kurdish society resist terrorist violence.

“Today, Kurdish women are showing great resistance and bravery as they combat enemies of humanity (in reference to the IS group).”

Speaking to ARA News in Qamishli, female political activist Bihar Haji said that Kurdish women prove day after day that their active role in various aspects of life, including politics, culture and even armed conflict, play an essential role in the society.

“Throughout history, women have been exposed to different kinds of violence and suppression, but many of them have shown the capability to resist and break down all social and cultural constraints. Today, it’s the Kurdish women’s turn to show an unprecedented movement of resistance,” Haji said. 

“The Kurdish female fighters of the Woman Protection Units (YPJ) have fought against the terrorists of IS for nearly two years, and they are still fighting on the front lines of anti-IS battles side by side with the brave Kurdish men in Syria,” she told ARA News, adding: “The world should support these women who have given up their family lives and dedicated themselves to the fight against those brutal radicals who constitute a threat to the entire world.”

Hundreds of Syrian Kurdish women have joined the conflict against the Islamic State, strong in their belief of resisting the most brutal group for the sake of preserving civil peace in their region.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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