Armenian woman at the head of the Euphrates Region Administration

The Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration in the Euphrates region in northern Syria has elected a new Executive Board. The new co-presidency with equal gender representation is formed by Armenian Lemis Abdullah and Kurdish Mihemed Şahin.

In Northern Syria, the new Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration in the Euphrates region has been elected. The new gender-equal dual leadership of the body is formed by Armenian Lemis Abdullah, who comes from the town of Girê Spî (Tal Abyad), and Mihemed Şahin from the Kurdish community.

The election took place on Tuesday in the premises of the local government in Kobanê. After taking the oath, Abdullah and Şahin were able to take office directly. The two former co-chairs had previously submitted their resignation but had remained in office provisionally.

The Euphrates region is one of three federal regions in the Democratic Federation of North and East Syria. Besides the Euphrates region, the Federation consists of the regions of Cizîrê and Afrin, which are divided into six cantons: Cizîrê is divided into the Cantons of Hesekê and Qamishlo, the Euphrates region into the Cantons of Kobanê and Girê Spî and Afrin into the Cantons of Afrin and Shehba.

The social order, which has been threatened since 9 October 2019 by the war of aggression of NATO partner Turkey and its Islamist proxy troops, is based on women's freedom, self-determination and an ecological, gender-free society. Rojava is a clear alternative to state, patriarchy and capitalism. In the region of north-eastern Syria, which is now under heavy attack, a model of society has been built in which all peoples and religious communities live together, women and men are treated equally, and the equal dual leadership combined with autonomous women's organisation is implemented in all areas of responsibility. With an educational system in which especially the Jineolojî (the science of women) plays a fundamental role, an awareness is created that imparts knowledge independent of patriarchal colonization and sovereign history.