Kurdish women murdered in Paris and Silopi remembered in Sweden

Two commemoration events were held in the cities of Örebro and Västerås.

Sweden commemorated PKK founding member Sakine Cansız, KNK Paris representative Fidan Doğan and youth movement member Leyla Şaylamez, in ceremonies in two different cities.

The three Kurdish women politicians were murdered in Paris on 9 January 2013.

Likewise Seve Demir, Pakize Nayir and Fatma Uyar were also remembered. They were killed in Silopi in January 2016.

The commemoration ceremonies took place in the cities of Örebro and Västerås.


The commemoration organised by the Democratic Kurdish Society Center was joined by many Kurds and Swedish friends.

Photographs of the three Kurdish women massacred in Paris were placed on a table, surrounded by flowers and candles.

Speaking on behalf of the Centre, the importance of the Kurdish Freedom Movement and the Rojava Revolution were underlined.

The speeches pointed out that women were targeted because they were leading the resistance and revolution in Northern Kurdistan and Rojava. Emphasis on the need to further strengthen women's organizations was also put.

HDP Hakkari deputy Leyla Güven, who has been on hunger strike for 68 days demanding the end of isolation imposed on Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan, was also commended.

At the commemoration it was also pointed out how French authorities have not done anything to secure the responsible of the Paris massacre to justice.


The event commemorating the six Kurdish women murdered in Paris and Silopi began with a minute silence. After that, a statement from the Democratic Kurdish Community Center was read. The statement condemned the massacres and supported the hunger strikers.

The statement noted that the massacre in Paris was carried out in order to sabotage the peace process initiated by Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and to eliminate Kurdish women who led the resistance and revolution.

The statement emphasized that the Kurdish Women's Movement is getting stronger and leading the Rojava revolution, despite the attempt to hit it made by the Turkish government.

Leyla Güven and the hunger strikers demanding the end of the isolation imposed on Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan were commended.