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Yekîtiya Star, a women’s organization in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) have launched a new Kurdish magazine – Asoya Jinê (Women’s Perspective). The first issue of the magazine was published in May 2014.

Kurdish women will now be able to debate developments and the problems they encounter in their mother tongue. Sewtil Heyat and Nergiz Ismail, editors of of Asoye Jinê, explain that the 80-page magazine is “a message to the darkness”.

The magazine covers a variety of topics including political and social affairs, interviews with women, and a space devoted to women guerrillas who have fallen in the struggle. There is also ‘Kuncika Malame’: a forum for readers and followers to share feelings, poems, memories and stories, as well as a space for mothers to discuss handicrafts.

İsmail comments they had deliberately published the first issue of the magazine in May, because: “May is the month of martyrs and of resistance. We launched the magazine in May to stress that we are taking ownership of the legacy of those who have fallen in the struggle.”

The editor added that they welcomed contributions from women anywhere, adding: “Just as a garden cannot be considered beautiful if it only has one rose, so will articles by women from other nations embellish Asoya Jinê. It must be a team effort.”

The magazine will be distributed monthly in the cantons of Afrin, Kobane and Cizire.

Yekîtiya Star publishes another journal called “Dengê Jiyanê” in Arabic. However, Asoya Jinê is the first one published in Kurdish. The editing board welcome e-mails from readers to asoya.jine.2014@hotmail.com.

 

We are looking for a Programmes and Campaigns Coordinator for a 6 month period, from 1 October to 31 March; to be extended if funding is secured. This is a part-time position (2 days per week) and gross wages are £533 monthly.

Responsibilities and activities

Programmatic (Administrative, Finance and Funding) – 65% of time

  • Preparation of fundraising proposals and budgets

  • Elaboration of progress reports claims and reporting to donors

  • Ensure project implementation is delivered to high standards

  • Budget and financial management

  • Team management (staff and volunteers)

Communications and networking– 35%

  • Website and other social media maintenace

  • Researching and framing advocacy campaigns; planning and implementing advocacy plans

  • Attending internal and external meetings

Skills and Qualifications Required

  • Background in gender, development or international relations

  • Good research and writing skills

  • Good communication and efficient administrative skills

  • Ability to work with budgets

  • Ability to work independently

  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, internet)

  • Fluent in English (Turkish or Kurdish desirable)

Applicants please send your CV and a brief cover letter to rojwomen@gmail.com by 15 August 2014.

About the employer

Roj Women’s Association is a Kurdish grassroots women’s organization established in 2004 in London as part of the international Kurdish women’s liberation movement. We have a membership of hundreds of women from different countries both in Europe and in the Kurdish regions of Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey.

Roj Women’s Association campaigns to improve the lives of women in Kurdish regions and communities of the world. Our aim is to further their rights and to expand the opportunities available to them by means of drawing attention to the factors that shape their struggle and of advocating for the necessary changes to overcome them.

Our community, development and advocacy work is underpinned by research. In 2011 Roj published Empowering Kurdish women in London: a consultation on their needs‘ that sought to identify the unaddressed needs of Kurdish women living in London as well as to draw attention to the gaps in required services to tackle such needs and problems.Later, in 2012, came ‘A woman’s struggle: Using gender lenses to understand the plight of women human rights defenders in Kurdish regions of Turkey, a study that sheds light on the multiplicity of obstacles women who engage in the defence of human rights and peaceful political activism suffer at the hands of Turkish state agents in the region.

See this Activity Report for more details about Roj Women’s work.

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Two weeks have already passed since the Kurdish Women’s Festival took place in London, but the collective energy generated by it still lingers.

These are some pictures to help those would couldn’t make it this time get a flavour of the festival activities, and to bring nice memories back to those who could – we hope to see you all again next year!

 

The festival started on Saturday 28 June with the screening of the documentary Hêvî at Hackney's local Rio Cinema, in Dalston.  What do women do when their people are threatened and uprising is the only possible resistance against oppression? This film portrays four Kurds who have found very different ways  to answer this question. The former guerrilla fighter and political activist Sakine Cansız was killed during the filming of this movie on January 9, 2013 along with two other advocates in Paris. She was an icon of the Kurdish resistance. The film tells the story of her life and looks into the question of why she was murdered.

The festival started on Saturday 28 June with the screening of the documentary Hêvî at Hackney’s local Rio Cinema, in Dalston.

What do women do when their people are threatened and uprising is the only possible resistance against oppression? The opening documentary portrayed four Kurds who have found very different ways to answer this question. The former guerrilla fighter and political activist Sakine Cansız was killed during the filming of this movie on January 9, 2013 along with two other advocates in Paris. She was an icon of the Kurdish resistance. The film tells the story of her life and looks into the question of why she was murdered.

 

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with a BDP Member of Parliament and the  documentary filmmaker, Zulfiye Akkulak.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with a BDP Member of Parliament and the documentary filmmaker, Zulfiye Akkulak.

 

 

On Sunday 29 June a programme of live music with Rojda and Bengin and a fashion show attracted hundreds: a great opportunity for women to network and to learn about the services Roj Women and the Kurdish community offer. It was also a time for debate and reflection on women’s and gender issues, and the various challenges we have to unite to overcome: such as violence against women.

 

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In the aftermath of the murders of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan, and Leyla Saylemez on January 9, 2013 in Paris, mainstream media suddenly focused on a long neglected, yet fascinating subject: the remarkable role of women in the Kurdish liberation movement.

Source: Kurdishquestion.com, By Dilar Dirik

Over the last two years, the Kurds seized control over West Kurdistan (Rojava) and gradually established self-governance structures in the midst of the Syrian civil war. From the start, women were active parts of the Rojava Revolution through their civil and political activism, but what struck Western mainstream media most was women’s identity as equal militant combattants in the war. These women, who fight against the Assad-regime, as well as jihadist groups, repeatedly stress that their struggle is a multi-front fight for freedom as Kurds and as women. Even though the existence of female fighters has been a natural element of politics across Kurdistan for decades, the world only now comes to realize the strong role of women in the Kurdish liberation movement. Especially recently, the women’s movement has captured the imagination of mainstream media in several ways, ranging from astonished awe to condescending orientalism to sheer sexism.

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Pazar günü Hackney’in yolları 12,500 kişinin koştuğu Hackney yarım maraton için kapandı. Hackney Belediyesinin ilk defa düzenlediği “Yarım Maraton Enerji Koşusuna” Roj Kadın Vakfını temsilen de 11 kişi katıldı.

Koşuya Roj Women için katılan koşucular, 21 kilometrelik mesafeyi aşarak koşuyu başarıyla tamamladılar.

Sabah saat 9’da başlayan koşuyu, sıcak havaya rağmen binlerce kişi tamamladı.

Peter Emase, erkeler arasında, 1 saat 4 dakikada koşuyu bitirerek yarışın birinciliğini kazandı. Gladys Yator 1 saat 15 dakikayla bayanlar arasında birinciliği kazandı.

Roj Women adına katılan koşucular tişörtlerinin üzerinde “Running for a life free of violence”(Şiddetsiz bir hayat için koşuyoruz) ve “Think Purple: end violence against women” (Mor düşün: kadına karşı şiddete son ver) yazılı sloganlarıyla kadına karşı şiddet konusunda duyarlılık ve projeler için maddi destek toplamak amacıyla katılım sağladılar.

Nine of Roj's eleven runners posed for a picture at the end of the half-marathon.

Nine of Roj’s eleven runners posed for a picture at the end of the half-marathon.

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On Sunday 22 June, 11 volunteers run a half - marathon for Roj Women in the 
London Borough of Hackney. They wore t-shirts with Roj Women's logos on them 
reading 'Running for a life free of violence' and 'Think purple: end violence against 
women!' 

We would like to thank Bediye, Suna Parlak, Esra Turk, Berivan Battaloglu, Zeynep Kurban, Anil Doner, Fatma Tekagac, FerhanYildiz, Nese Kayacan, Ayse Tekaga, Makbule Gunes, Munevver Dogan and Saadet Mengi for the effort they put in training for and running a half-marathon to raise awareness in our community of the epidemic that is violence against women.Thanks to all of you – we are not going to allow violence against women in our community!

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A festival by free women working towards a democratic nation.

All are invited to join us, watch a film, dance, discuss and enjoy much more Kurdish culture by women!

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