Saygı: Women will continue to fight against the male-dominated system

TJA activist Selcan Saygı said that the three Kurdish women revolutionaries who were murdered in Paris 10 years ago, continue to illuminate the paths of women, and that "Women from Rojava to Iran have turned into Sakine against the male-dominated system."

The three Kurdish women revolutionary Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan, Leyla Şaylemez, who were murdered in Paris on 9 January 2013, were commemorated in Turkey and Kurdistan with events led by Tevgera Jinên Azad (TJA) and HDP Women's Council.

Speaking to ANF, TJA activist Selcan Saygı emphasized that if the massacre of three Kurdish women revolutionaries had been clarified, the last massacre in Paris would not have happened.

Noting that the assassination of Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez was the beginning of the massacres against Kurdish women, Saygı reminded that after the murder of three Kurdish women revolutionaries, the women leading the struggle were killed one after the other in an organized manner. Saygı underlined that journalist Nagihan Akarsel, a member of the Jineology Research Center in Sulaymaniyah, was also killed by a hit-man.

Pointing out that Evîn Goyî was the target, just like Sakine Cansız, in the massacre in Paris on 23 December, Saygı said: "We immediately understood that the massacre in Paris had also been planned, and that the target of the attack was Evîn. After the assassination of Sakine Cansız, the same concept was introduced. Sêvê Demir, Pakize Nayır and Fatma Uyar were murdered in a similar assassination in Silopi.

'Women fighting the male rule state'

Saygı underlined the leading role of women and added that the biggest nightmare of the male-dominated state is women who struggle. She said that as the women's struggle increased, so did the attacks. The activist said that these attacks are actually encouraged and rewarded and added that women who wanted to stop this trend were arrested or murdered.

Saygı noted that the sole purpose of this whole concept of attack was to remove women from the streets, imprison them at home and make them conform to the imposed male-dominated model.

‘The struggle of Kurdish women is an example for the whole world’

Saygı said that the struggle of Kurdish women, who have been rebelling against this mentality for years, is an example and gives courage to all women. “The male mentality wants to intimidate all women who struggle by targeting leading Kurdish women. But that doesn’t work. Just as the slogan 'Jin jiyan Azadi' has become the slogan of all women of the world today, all women from Rojava to Iran have taken example from Sakine."

‘No one can stand against the fight of women!’

Emphasizing that no power can stand against the determined struggle of women, Saygı underlined that they will not accept this system, which promotes nothing but tears, blood, exploitation and massacre, and that they will continue their struggle. “The struggle of the three Kurdish women revolutionaries who were murdered in Paris continues to illuminate our path. Such attacks, detentions, arrests, repressions cannot stop and prevent us. On the contrary, our revolt is getting bigger. They think that we will retreat in the face of this attack concept, but our courage is contagious and spreading to everyone. These attacks confirm that we are on the right track. We will fight even more against this oppressive, misogynistic system. We will not take a step back. We will move forward by gaining strength from each other. We will not be silent, we will not be afraid, and we will not obey.”