Women of Raqqa: the ideology of Abdullah Öcalan showed us our reality

Kongra Star report from the women of Raqqa for the 15th February. Originally published by Kongra Star.

February 15th marks the 21st anniversary of the international conspiracy between the Turkish state and other imperialist powers against Abdullah Öcalan.

The AKP government imposes complete isolation on Öcalan in his imprisonment and rejects visits requests by his lawyer and family.

Öcalan’s political philosophy is based on the idea of women’s liberation and has inspired women to develoo their role in all political and military fields of life.

The Rojava revolution is an example of what women have proved, especially Arab women who have been able to free themselves from the stereotypes and customs of society.

Our agency correspondent met with a number of Arab women in Raqqa city, who denounced the plot against their ideological “guide”, as Öcalan is known.

 Wissam al-Ahmad, a resident of al-Mashlab neighborhood, said: “Our leader Abdullah Öcalan worked to free all women, including Arab women, so Turkey tried to destroy this ideology.

 “Through his philosophy, we have revealed that the aim of this plot is to hide and suppress women’s truth and reality. As his ideology explains, if women regain their place in society, the capitalist and nation state system will collapse.”

As Arab women, we will follow in the footsteps and approaches of our leader Öcalan, and spread his ideas. Because of Öcalan we were able to realize who we are,” she said.

 “We know that the recent attack by the Turkish state on North and East Syria is to break the will of the people and women that they derived from the ideology of Öcalan which gives women their rights and place in society,” Hala al-Ali, a resident of Raqqa said.

 “Turkey’s aim is to refuse Öcalan to meet with his lawyer and family because they see every message of the leader as new revolution, and as peaceful solutions for peoples away from war. So it is difficult for the Turkish state to allow these messages and his ideas to spread, out of fear of him,” said Wazna Ahmed al-Mohammed, a resident of Al-Sha’ibe neighborhood.

“If it wasn’t for the ideas of leader Abdullah Öcalan, we wouldn’t be where we are now, because all the capitalist countries and the ruling regimes are unable to implement the project of the democratic nation. The repression of women in the occupied territories is nothing but a continuation of the conspiracy against Abdullah Ocalan,” Fatima said.

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