Wednesday, 23 March 2016

International Women's Day in Derbesi, Rojava

My first full day in Rojava was a perfect introduction to the women's revolution – International Women's Day. The streets of Derbesi were filled with women, both young and old, Kurdish or Arab, marching down the streets lined with permanent posters of Rojava's martyrs to chants of ”Women! Life! Freedom!” Smiles were on every face, women hugged and kissed me, welcoming me to Rojava.
The women's community-ran police force organised the march, dressed in khaki uniform and traditionally patterned scarves wrapped around their heads to protect from the heat of the sun. Old women held the peace sign in the air and were dressed in traditional Kurdish clothes of bright sparkling sequins, and the classic red, yellow, and green colours striped across their headscarves. Children wore tiny uniforms of the YPJ to represent their brothers or sisters who were fighting on the front line. Heroic fighters of the YPJ headed the march, their magical aura bursting out inspiring every woman, man, and child of Rojava. The march ended in a huge field where speeches were made about the women's revolution, about all women getting involved in the development of each others lives, about empowerment.

International Women's Day in Derbesi, Rojava




International Women's Day in Derbesi, Rojava

International Women's Day in Derbesi, Rojava
International Women's Day in Derbesi, Rojava

The YPJ at International Women's Day in Derbesi, Rojava

International Women's Day in Derbesi, Rojava

International Women's Day in Derbesi, Rojava

International Women's Day in Derbesi, Rojava

International Women's Day in Derbesi, Rojava