Jin, Jiyan, Azadi! Experiences from the UK’s first Jineology camp

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

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Written by a participant in the camp for Plan C London

Jineolojî literally means ‘women’s science’ — the word derives from jin, Kurdish for woman. Jineolojî is a critique of the approaches of positivist social sciences, which uphold the structures of states, patriarchy and capital. For the Kurdish women’s liberation movement, jineology is the fundamental theoretical underpinning of new forms of social organisation: it involves engagement with left-wing intellectual traditions and new ways of studying the human past in order to understand the roots of the marginalisation of women — here understood in the widest sense of the word, and inclusive of non-binary people too.

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Jineolojî is also an international organisation, which has previously held conferences and camps in the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. The UK’s first-ever jineology camp was held in January 2019, dedicated to the memory of Hêlîn Qereçox (Anna Campbell). Over 30 women…

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