Since 20th January 2018 the Turkish army has been attacking and trying to invade the Kurdish region of Efrin in the Democratic Federation of North Syria. Night and day, our towns and villages, refugee camps, historic and sacred sites have been bombed by Turkish war-planes and artillery. During the first 10 days of these attacks 65 civilians were killed and 163 became heavily injured. Among the casualties are women, men, children and many refugees from other regions of Syria.
The fascist regime in Turkey has openly announced the aim of its military aggression on Efrin as wiping out the democratic autonomous self-administration of Rojava and to occupy the territory of Northern Syria. Hereby, the Erdogan dictatorship strives to spread its racist, religious-fundamentalist and sexist regime of oppression in the whole region of the Middle East.
As women from Efrin we call upon women from all over the world to join our resistance to defend Efrin and the values of humanity! For 6 years women from Efrin and Rojava have been resisting against the attacks of the Islamic State. At the same time we have played a leading role in building up democratic structures of self-administration. Women of Rojava have built up autonomous structures based on communal organising, women’s councils, academies, and cooperatives, as well as women’s self-defence. Through realizing that women’s solidarity is one of our most effective weapons, we have developed our strength and consciousness. The courage that our comrade Arîn Mirkan, in the fight for the defence of Kobane against IS fascism, has spread among women from all parts of the society in Rojava. Her resistance has been taken up by our comrade Avesta Xabûr who sacrificed her life to stop the attempted invasion of the fascist Turkish army in the region of Efrin. Ten thousands of women have taken up arms to defend their land, their lives, and their future in Efrin. The resistance of the Women’s Defence Units YPJ and the women’s civil defence forces, Parastina Jinê, who have organised under the umbrella of the Women’s Movement of Rojava, Kongreya Star, are part of women’s global resistance against any form of oppression, feminicide and fascism.
While the international institutions and state governments keep silent about the war crimes and the abuses of international law that we are confronted with, we believe that women’s international solidarity will be our strongest weapon in defeating fascism and patriarchy. In this sense, we call upon all women worldwide to join our struggle for the defence of Efrin – to defend a women‘s revolution.
We greet all our sisters who feel the same responsibility as we do and take action to stop the aggressions of the Turkish state against Efrin by any means necessary.
Let’s strengthen the networks and actions of women’s international solidarity to stop fascist wars and spread the women’s revolution from Efrin and North Syria to all regions of the world.
Long live the resistance of Efrin!
Long live women’s international solidarity!
Long live Reber APO!
Kongreya Star Efrin, 3 February 2018
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