Kurdish women in the fight

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02/13/2017 by Marius van 't Dorp

My respect to the women of the Kurdish cause.

Kurdish women (Kurdish: Jinên/Afiretên Kurd‎) have traditionally played important roles in Kurdish society and politics.

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The contemporary situation of Kurdish women differs significantly over the countries with Kurdish population (Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran). In general Kurdish women’s rights and equality have improved dramatically in the 21st century due to progressive movements within Kurdish society, in Syria the Kurdish Rojava revolution even represents the avantgarde in women’s equality. However, despite the progress, Kurdish and international women’s rights organizations still report problems related to gender equality, forced marriages, honor killings and in Iraqi Kurdistan also female genital mutilation (FGM). Main obstacles are tribalist and Islamist forces within Kurdish and neighboring societies, and the agenda of the Turkish government to strengthen such regressive forces.

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