International Call for Women’s Solidarity on World Refugee Day, from the Platform for Struggle for Women Held Captive by Force (Middle East)
Call for the Advancing and Increasing of the Visibility of Women’s Solidarity on 20th of June for World Refugee Day, from the Platform for Struggle for Women Held Captive by Force
Dear Women from all around the World !
We regard the sexist occupation practices of Daesh [ISIS], that is to say practices of systematic sexual torture, rape, enslavement, rendering odalisques, that codifies the women’s bodies as a patriarchal war and ownership zone, as a patriarchal imperialist attack against all women from all around the world.
In addition to this, we come across systematic rape and other forms of sexual violence as founding components of the genocide politics of Daesh against Yazidi people. Around 5000 women and girls, many of whom are Yazidis, who are kidnapped by Daesh as spoils of war are repeatedly sold at slave and odalisques markets and are held captive in a large geographical area that includes Iraq, Syria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey.
Some women, that put up an extraordinary struggle and manage to escape, have been joining the self-defense units to defend and free their geographical areas. Women that question the persecution they have faced, participate in political processes, exercising their right to self-defense, are struggling for embracing the women that lost their lives during the attacks and to ensure freedom of women that are held captive; they are, above all from gender roles that the patriarchal world order has cast them as victims, refugee women striving to live in camps, and they are rebuilding life.
As Platform for Struggle for Women Held Captive by Force; we dedicate this 20th of June World Refugee Day to the glorious resistance of women in the Middle East rewriting the fate of displacement. We are appealing to you to do the same.
We would also appreciate greatly if you can organize concurrent protests, activities and if you can send us your written and visual messages of solidarity on the 20th of June. We will ensure that the messages of solidarity will be shared with women of Kurdistan, Middle East and all around the world through the meetings and the media.
Long live women’s solidarity!
Platform for Struggle for Women Held Captive by Force*
* KJA is a constituent of the platform that was established in order to raise awareness in Kurdistan and in the Middle East about Daesh occupation and its sexist aspects, to advance and to mobilise women’s organisation.