Kurdish Enlightening Feminism Announcement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

7 years ago

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day is very necessary and important for women. However, in the world we live now there needs to be more than one day catered for this purpose because women, around the world,  are repeatedly subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence.

Unfortunately, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq like other undeveloped countries, women have suffered murder, rape, abuse, torment, and social and political discrimination. There are several elements behind gender violence, but women suffered the most under social, traditional, and religious suppression. Women have been constantly exposed to violence and their basic rights have been constantly denied by the male-dominated society.

Kurdish women on their part, who have been under the dominion and influence of social customs, still have not been able to understand their role in the society hence achieve their rights. Nevertheless, women in Kurdistan, unlike other women elsewhere, are not aware of their rights, and still believe they are subordinate to men.

Kurdish Enlightening Feminism condemns every form of violence that has been and still are committed against women in Greater Kurdistan. On this day, we persist on our objectives to end male-dominated society and work in the hope of advancing enlightenment in the Kurdish society through efforts from educated women, and enlightened feminists in every sector of society and cultural life in Kurdistan.

Enlightened Kurdistan Feminism


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