“The media plays an important role. It shows the world the way of truth. It can analyse and assess events before they occur. As a result, the press is almost more important than diplomatic means,” Ehmed said.
The North and East Syria Women’s Press Conference held its third conference and established the Women’s Press Union (YRJ).
The third conference saw the presence of 86 delegates and was held in the city of Qamishlo with the slogan “Ragihandina jinan dengê neteweya democratî” (Women’s press is the voice of the democratic nation).
Photos of Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan and press worker martyrs were hung in the conference hall as well as banners written in Arabic and Kurdish.
The opening speech of the conference was delivered by President of the Democratic Syrian Council Executive Committee, Ilham Ehmed. “The media plays an important role. – Ehmed said – It shows the world the way of truth. It can analyse and assess events before they occur. As a result, the press is almost more important than diplomatic means.”
Underlining that the Kurdish and Armenian people throughout history have been faced with genocide and that thousands of people have been killed, Ehmed added: “Those who committed genocide do not accept their crimes because the massacres and genocides are not documented chronologically. Therefore, the press should follow the events carefully, methodically, in an open and formal language, especially in order to tell the world what happens in the current process. Because the Turkish state is threatening the people of North and East Syria.”
While pointing out the situation of women in Syria and the lack of women in the press, Ehmed said that the conference will be a place where the problems of women in general and especially women in the press will be discussed and resolved.
Ehmed added that they hoped to make decisions regarding press laborers to represent the society more.
After the opening speech, 5 council members were selected to chair the conference. PYD Presidential Committee member, Foza Yusif told delegates: “The conference ended with discussions on the importance of the role of women in society, so we must work for women’s development, will and gender awareness. We must overcome the mentality that still appears in all our media institutions.”
Yusif said that the new name of women’s media will be a new and qualitative step for society.
At the end of the conference the Women’s Press Union YRJ was founded, the decisions of the 3rd Women’s Press Conference in North and East Syria were read.