All women’s are queens… on International Women’s Day

Selava Omar ـ

Many countries of the world celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March of each year with the aim of promoting gender equality as it comes as a message of appreciation and love for their economic, political and social achievements in the countries of the world.

International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time on eighth of March,1909 in America, where it was known as National Women’s Day in the United States of America.

And that was after the American Socialist Party dedicated this day to celebrating women as a reminder of the strike of the garment workers in New York, where women demonstrated to denounce harsh working conditions, and that was the the first spark for the global movements in solidarity with women and their rights, as the eighth of March International Women’s Day, was approved at the second International Conference for Women, held in Denmark in 1910.

It is our optimism that the eighth day of March in the contemporary Kurdish regions in Syria, and that the kurds, at the initiative and encouragement of their politicians, their parties and their intellectuals, celebrate this occasion decades ago, in which they hold festivals and speeches in honor of women in general and Kurdish in particular, and in perpetuation for the memory of militant women.

Over the past few years, many have shared pictures of Kurdish girl fighters fighting against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, holding guns, and fighting alongside men.

According to Kurdish statistics women make up 30% of Kurdish fighters, her ages between of 18 and 30, and undergo rigorous training that is not different from that of men.

Astonished by the bravery of Kurdish women has long history, in the book “The Kurds is a sociological and historical study” the Russian writer “Basili Niktin” who served as the Russian consul in Iran, monitored the characteristics of Kurdish women, saying “Kurdish women, whatever their class and whatever age, find equestrian, rather, they challenge men to ride horses, just as they are not afraid to climb rugged mountains ,and they show great skill in it..”.

Major sun, the English ruler of the city of Sulaymaniyah in the 1920s also saw in his book “Disguised Journey to Mesopotamia “that Kurdish women to use rifles on horseback, and had been valued with their bravery in fighting throughout Kurdish history.

Despite all the circumstances that hostile the kurds in general and women in particular, the cultural and philosophical richness and the different nature of the Kurdish nation made women a difficult and distinctive number in the Middle East equation compared to their Arab or Turkish counterparts.

On this historic occasion, we remember our heroine mates who sacrificed their lives in defense of women’s rights, including, Layla, Barin, Hevrin and all their comrades in the struggle and resistance.

2020 represents an unparalleled opportunity to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and human rights for all women and girls.

Greeting and respect to Kurdish women and Syrian women.
Greeting to the struggle of women everywhere.

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