Men demonstrate in Kobanê against violence against women

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, men in Kobanê demonstrated against patriarchal domination with the slogan "Against all forms of violence and occupation - Jin Jiyan Azadî!".

In the autonomous region of North and East Syria, there is a wide range of events and activities to mark 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in order to empower women and raise awareness of women's rights in society. In Kobanê, men held a demonstration to emphasise that the fight against violence and patriarchal domination is not exclusively led by women and affects society as a whole.

Representatives of the institutions of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) and members of political parties from the Euphrates region took part in the demonstration. The participants walked from Egîd Square to the Square of the Free Woman, chanting "Against all forms of violence and occupation - Jin Jiyan Azadî!"

PYD politician Ehmed Xoce gave a speech in which he spoke about the significance of 25 November and said: "Today, the dominance of the patriarchal mentality has been broken. Women are moving resolutely towards freedom and a liberated society. In Kurdistan, Abdullah Öcalan's approach has contributed significantly to the emergence of an organised women's movement. Women have begun to contribute to social construction and to defend themselves, their rights and their land. Men must support the fight against the oppression of women. Because only when women are free will we also be free. We all know that women are oppressed mentally, economically and socially. That is why we must all fight until the 5,000 years of imprisonment of women is ended and freedom prevails."

At the end of the demonstration, the group Şehîd Yekta from the Euphrates Cultural Centre presented a street theatre performance on the topic of violence against women.