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Women Rise as Raqqa Rebuilds Without the World’s Help

“We had arrived that morning to attend the opening of the Raqqa Women’s Council. It is a council for and by women on streets where ISIS once bought and sold them, in a city held until last November by violent extremists who made the sexual enslavement of women central to their hall of horrors.”

‘End tragedies against women and society’: how Rojava’s women’s movement responds to violence

Kongra Star, or the Star Congress, is the civilian women’s movement in Rojava. It fights patriarchal violence through legal and institutional change.

Jineolojî, Jineolojî Committee Europe

This booklet is a summary of the book titled “Introduction to Jineolojî”.

Liberating Life: Woman’s Revolution, Abdullah Öcalan

The 5000-year-old history of civilization is essentially the history of the enslavement of woman.

Jineology: from women’s struggles to social liberation

Emerging from the Kurdish movement, jineology places women at the center of the struggle against patriarchy, capitalism and the state.

Building Democracy without the State

The Rojava revolution provides a historic opportunity to put the communalist model of Democratic Confederalism into practice.

The Rojava Revolution: Women’s Liberation as an Answer to the Kurdish Question

The all-female Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) manifest Democratic Confederalism in practice, not only in the battlefield, but in everyday life as well.

The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting Isis at the same time

The leader of the most revolutionary women’s rights movement in the world talks about how her ideals have found a home in the middle of the war on ISIS.

What's The Revolution?

The origin of the Women's Revolution in Rojava is in the Kurdish movement for freedom and self-rule. Fighting the genocide and oppression of the fascist, Turkish state for over four decades, Kurdish guerrillas have developed a unique philosophy and social system,  popularly expressed by Abdullah Öcalan, through several versions, to the present Democratic Confederalism. It's a stateless, direct democracy, with a democratic economic system, an ecological system, and, of course, a system that empowers women and works towards real gender equality.

What Kind of Revolution is This?

This revolution has never been seen before. There have been a few examples of similar revolutions and short-lived democracies in the 20th century, but this revolution is entirely unique. Unlike other revolutions, where rule by a few changes hands, but not the character, this is a completely democratic revolution.

It is a form of democracy that is more grassroots than the republics that are often called democratic, in that all the decisions are made in the community and delegates, rather than representatives, are elected to carry decisions of communities, rather than to decide instead of them.

The insistence on pluralism, ecology, and feminism has never been done like this before. The women of Rojava have an all-woman militia, the YPJ, a minimum of 40% representation in councils, and a female co-chair in all elected bodies. Representation of different ethnicities and religions, as well as ecological concerns, are written directly into the social contract of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, requiring their representation.

The economic system is a mixed economy, where much of the means of production are democratically owned and operated by the communities and the workers of the companies. It's not coercive or centralized, and much of the production and distribution, in investment and organization, is democratic, or it is of small companies.

Women's Revolution

The revolution in Rojava begins with women. Women have their own fighting force, in the YPJ, and they have a co-chair position and at least 40% representation on councils in the confederation. These are the result of the ideology of the revolution, which understands that women must liberate themselves, in order to liberate a civilization. Jineolojî is the science of women and it is the cornerstone of the revolution's ideology, of Democratic Confederalism.

Democratic Confederalism

Democratic Confederalism is a form of stateless democracy penned by Abdullah Öcalan and implemented in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. It is an approach in theory and praxis that understands the roles of hierarchy, the nation-state, capitalist modernity, patriarchy, ecology, and ethnocentrism in our present time and place.

It begins with women's liberation, through insisting on Jineolojî, the science of women, and women's autonomy through self-defense and representation. It democratizes the undemocratic, capitalist control of the means of production. It democratizes community decision-making, through self-governed, direct democratic neighborhood assemblies and confederations of councils that do not represent the communities, like a republic, but carry the decisions made by the neighborhood assemblies through delegates and administrators. It ensures pluralism and ecology, as crucial components to freedom, peace, and health.

Rojava - DFNS

Rojava, also known as the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, is the land where an unprecedented experiment in radical democracy has been unfolding for years, based on Democratic Confederalism and the women's revolution. The work began years before, but the DFNS established the autonomous confederation in 2012.

Since its founding, the DFNS has pushed back and crushed DAESH (ISIS), implemented pluralist education for various ethnic groups and languages, mandated inclusion of the diversity of ethnic groups in the councils, as well as 40% women and female co-chairs at each level. It has implemented programs for ecology and incorporates major human rights conventions in paper and in practice. Roughly three-quarters of means of production are community owned and a third of production is self-managed by workers' councils.

Women's Revolution in Rojava

Women Rise as Raqqa Rebuilds Without the World’s Help

October 30, 2018

“We had arrived that morning to attend the opening of the Raqqa Women’s Council. It is a council for and by women on streets where ISIS once bought and sold them, in a city held until last November by violent extremists who made the sexual enslavement of women central to their hall of horrors.”

Women's Revolution in Rojava

‘End tragedies against women and society’: how Rojava’s women’s movement responds to violence

October 30, 2018

Kongra Star, or the Star Congress, is the civilian women’s movement in Rojava. It fights patriarchal violence through legal and institutional change.

Şopdarên Rojê ypj ypg

Jineolojî, Jineolojî Committee Europe

August 24, 2018

This booklet is a summary of the book titled “Introduction to Jineolojî”.

Şopdarên Rojê ypj ypg

Liberating Life: Woman’s Revolution, Abdullah Öcalan

August 24, 2018

The 5000-year-old history of civilization is essentially the history of the enslavement of woman.

Şopdarên Rojê YPJ YPG

Jineology: from women’s struggles to social liberation

August 12, 2018

Emerging from the Kurdish movement, jineology places women at the center of the struggle against patriarchy, capitalism and the state.

Şopdarên Rojê ypj ypg

Building Democracy without the State

August 12, 2018

The Rojava revolution provides a historic opportunity to put the communalist model of Democratic Confederalism into practice.

Şopdarên Rojê ypj ypg

The Rojava Revolution: Women’s Liberation as an Answer to the Kurdish Question

August 12, 2018

The all-female Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) manifest Democratic Confederalism in practice, not only in the battlefield, but in everyday life as well.

Şopdarên Rojê ypj ypg

The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting Isis at the same time

August 12, 2018

The leader of the most revolutionary women’s rights movement in the world talks about how her ideals have found a home in the middle of the war on ISIS.

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