Some notes from a speech given by Ayşe Gökkan, of the Free Women Movement

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Some notes from a speech given in Elazığ province by Ayşe Gökkan, of the Free Women Movement, Kurdistan. 30th march 2019

The notes were taken by a member of the election monitoring delegation for the Turkish municipal elections.

“Our experience is a non-state experience and also we are part of the Middle East. We are sharing information on behalf of people in the Middle East fighting ISIS.

It has been more than four decades that we have been struggling against violence towards women.

The resistance of Kurdish women has deep roots in the Kurdish struggle. Sakine Cansiz was killed in France and she started her resistance in the ’80s in prison in Diyarbakır. Leyla Güven also started her resistance in prison in Diyarbakır.

Ours is a non-state struggle. We did not get any success with the Turkish state in the Middle East. We are part of the women’s struggle…

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