Kongra Star celebrates 18 years of struggle
Kongra Star said; "In the 18th year of our establishment, we will continue our project, which aims at saving all women from violence and building a society based on democracy, with a stronger sense of assertion and self-defense."
Kongra Star Coordination has released a written statement on the occasion of its 18th anniversary. Kongra Star pointed out that they, as a women's organization, carried out their work by organizing women in every field at a time when violence was escalating in the Middle East, and added: "We have achieved great success by using every means and method in the construction of self-awareness, freedom and self-defense. In addition, we have shown our stance against all kinds of policies of the rulers."
The statement added: "This stance was strongly shown in 2022 with the slogan 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi'. After the killing, while in police custody, of a young Kurdish woman, Jina Amini, the rebellion started in Rojhilat and all of Iran, led by women. In 2022, the regions and peoples of Northern and Eastern Syria showed a unique resistance against massive attacks. Undoubtedly, a huge price has been paid. We salute martyrs Zeyeb Saroxan, Diya Hogir, Jiyan Tolhildan, Roj Xabur, Barin, Zilan, Berivan, Nagihan, Delal, Sosin, Nujiyan, Mizgin Rojhilat. We commemorate Sakîne Cansız, Fîdan Doğan, Leyla Şaylemez and Evin Goyi, who were murdered in Paris.”
Kongra Star, the women’s umbrella organization, was founded on 15 January 2016. The aim of the organization is “to build an ethical and political society as well as to achieve the freedom of women and society.”
In Rojava Kurdistan, the women’s movement began in 2005 under the name Yekitiya Star, working within society and social organising. At the same time, within the PYD, for the development of women’s politics, autonomous and women’s projects were organised. From 2005 until 2011, a huge amount of work was done in the face of great difficulties and oppression from the Syrian state and its mentality.
Yekitiya Star played a leadership role in the Rojava Revolution. It organised thousands of women into all kinds of work in society and politics. In 2016, the women’s movement renamed itself as Kongra Star to continue its work fighting for women’s freedom and equality. Kongra Star is organised with more width and depth on the experience and achievements of Yekitiya Star. The system of equal representation practiced and promoted by Kongra Star has become an example in the Middle East and in the world.