“We as Kongra Star, celebrate the International Women’s Day under the slogan “Our Struggle is the Heart of Women’s Revolution” as a day for women’s liberation from the clutches of pain, inequality and injustice.
With the women’s strike and sit-in in New York on March 8, 1857, and the demand for equal pay, women took the first steps to demand the right to justice and equality. They resisted patriarchal and capitalist regimes that demeaned women. With their resistance, they sacrificed 129 women who were burned in the factory, which was a plot of the ruling regime and the monopolists and exploiting men to oppress women. Their strike was a historical stage in women’s struggle which proved to the world that no matter how exploitative and fascist forces try to bury them, they are like the seeds that sprout from earth and extend branches till they reach every woman in the world and thus perpetuate a historical struggle legacy.
We, the women of Northeast Syria, base ourselves on this legacy of struggle and renew our pledge to continue the resistance in the spirit of martyrs such as Rosa Luxemburg, Clara Zetkin, Sakina Cansiz, Zîlan, Arîn, Zehra, Hebûn, Mother Emina, Hind and Se’da, to continue their struggle tirelessly and to make every moment of our lives a moment of resistance against all forms of violence, inequality, occupation and genocide, not only on March 8. March, so that we can achieve freedom, justice and democracy.
The sacrifices and resistance of the women of Rojava and North-East Syria were heroic epics in the face of the dark forces represented by ISIS, and to this day they face the occupying Turkish state and its mercenaries who represent the authoritarian and tyrannical patriarchy that aims to destroy women, break their will and crush any attempt to gain freedom. This reactionary mentality still shackles societies under the name of customs and traditions. The change of mentality requires struggle and resistance in all areas.
We strive and fight with all our strength and solidarity to overcome the patriarchal mentality in the societies of the Middle East, and we try to create a society where gender freedom prevails. We draw the strength of our struggle from the sacrifices made by the martyrs for women’s freedom and from our women’s organization, which is the main pillar in the fight against all threats directed against women’s unity and will. Just as we implement self-defense intellectually and physically against any aggression or war, be it private, political or military.
Therefore, our campaign “No to occupation, No to genocide. We defend women and life” will continue until the liberation of the occupied territories, the return of the displaced people to their country and the liberation of women from fascist prisons.
Finally, on this occasion we salute all the women who resist, who demand freedom and who resist in the prison of darkness, such as Laila Guven, Zainab Jalalian and many others. We call to continue the struggle, to stand side by side to raise the voice of free women, to oppose all forms of injustice and fascism, to arm ourselves with the thought and philosophy of the leader Abdullah Ocalan and to strive for building a society where justice and equality prevail and where the rights and dignity of women are respected.”
Kongra Star Coordination