Armenian and Kurdish women's experience debated in Argentina
Within the framework of the meeting, a press tour was carried out visiting the media of the city of Córdoba, Argentina, where the activity was carried out.
The Armenia Queer collective organised an activity to address the issue of the oppression of LGTBQ communities in Armenia and the diaspora.
Alessia Dro, representative in Latin America of the Kurdish Women's Movement, joined the initiative. Within the framework of the meeting, a press tour was carried out visiting the media of the city of Córdoba, Argentina, where the activity was carried out.
As part of the media tour, Alessia Dro and Tamara Derderian, from Armenia Queer, were on Radio Nacional on the program "Under the same sun", and on Radio Universidad, on the program "Subversiones", talking about the importance of building bridges between both peoples and their struggles, and about the struggles and situations that currently exist in the relationship between women and the struggle against patriarchy.
Tamara Derderian, from the collective Armenia Queer, commented: "The documentary tells stories of the difficulties of the LGTBQ community in the Armenian community and in the diaspora. It was made by activists who are working on the subject in Armenia, not without difficulties. There is a lot of resistance."
Regarding the situation of women in Rojava, Alessia Dro stressed that there was a "very profound change in the sense of self-defense. For us, self-defense is self-organization in every area of life. We know that in the western media images of Amazons ready to defend their land have been disseminated, but in truth what is being organized at a social, economic, health level is a social model that has nothing to do with armed defense alone."
She added that the victory against the Islamic State (ISIS) "was achieved mainly because we know what kind of society we want to achieve. It is not a military victory for women in the women's defense units, it is a victory against the macho and patriarchal mentality of ISIS and also of the powers involved in the region, its secret services, etc. It is a level of ideological development of what is the liberation of women at every level of life. "
Dro also recalled that "the organization of the Women's Movement of Kurdistan was raised in the diaspora, in 1987.
Derderian said: "In Armenia, the State has carried out a persecution against the LGTBQ collective, but we are also concerned about the situation in the diaspora."