War Veterans Federation appeals on women to join 25 Nov. demos

The Federation of War Veterans of Northern and Eastern Syria called for active participation in the events to take place on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in the spirit of Hevrîn, Amara and Avesta.

The Federation of War Veterans of Northern and Eastern Syria issued a written statement to mark 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The statement said: "In 1960, three sisters (the Mirabal sisters) were murdered by dictator Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Within 6 months of the massacre of the Mirabal sisters, popular revolt brought an end to the dictatorship of Trujillo and raised the resistance and struggle against the killing of the Mirabal sisters. The Mirabal sisters have been the source of power, faith and resistance for women all over the world in history until today."

The statement added: "Women are the source of life. Targeting, massacre and martyrdom of women reveals the enemy's fear of women. Women who came together on the front of the Democratic Nation are now fighting with their revolutionaries and anger feelings against the power system that massacre, oppress, want to deprive women and use them as objects. Women have exposed this reality today. Women have been experiencing and continue to experience great difficulties throughout history, but today women have taken significant visible steps. If women have reached the present level, this is due to the struggles and prices paid so far."

The statement recalled that "the northern and eastern Syrian region is now a battlefield for hegemonic forces. Children and women are being massacred by the terrorist attack carried out by the AKP government. Hundreds of thousands of women were forced to emigrate as a result of the war launched on 9 October.

On 12 October 2019, the Secretary-General of the Syrian Future Party, Hevrin Xelef, was brutally massacred with her friends and her body tortured. All women were targeted in the person of Hevrîn Xelef. In the same way, the violation of the body of our friend, YPJ fighter Amara, is an attack on the will of struggle and freedom."

The statement ended with the following remarks: "As women veterans of northern and eastern Syria, we call on all women to come together and organize themselves on the basis of the ideology of Women's Liberation. On this basis, all women, and especially young women, who personally witness the persecution should not remain silent."