But now, for the first time, Syrian Kurds – above all the women – have the opportunity to shape their own lives. Women make up 35 percent of the 45,000 fighters. “Women used to be suppressed and exploited in our society, and regarded as inferior by the men,” Canda says. “Now we have the chance to be role models for Kurds and for other ethnicities – for instance, for Arab women.”
While the event hosting these speakers — “Profiles in Courage: Human Rights Defenders in the Struggle to End Violence Against Women” — took place in New York City early last month, the testimony tells of atmospheres in which women live (meaning in which everyone lives) in several of our world’s muddied and persistently dimmed quarters. Continue reading
“Profiles in Courage: Human Rights Defenders in the Struggle to End Violence Against Women”
The public is invited to this official NGO parallel event in connection with the 2013 annual session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
WHERE: V-Hall Armenian Convention Center, 630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016
WHEN: Monday, March 4, 2013
TIME: 10:30 am
UN Watch Address
While there’s a general context for the above event, the role women have played in the Islamic Small Wars, directly and indirectly, has been extraordinary.