Latin women: The comrades resisting in Kurdistan are not alone

In the demonstrations that took place in Latin American countries last weekend, activists said that the struggle of the Kurdish people eliminated the artificial borders between peoples created by sovereign powers.

Several demonstrations were held in Chile, Mexico and Ecuador to mark November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, under the leadership of umbrella organizations of women's movements in Latin America such as the Feminist Action Group-GAFA and Abya Yala Feminists-FAY. Activists who gathered to embrace the resistance in Kurdistan called for solidarity with the Kurdish people.

Kurdish symbols, banners and images were displayed during the protests that took place in Chile, Mexico and Ecuador, especially in Argentina.

A message from the Kurdistan Women's Community (Komalên Jinên Kurdistan, KJK) was read out and speeches emphasizing solidarity were delivered in many cities of Argentina as part of the campaign launched by the Kurdish Women's Movement in Argentina and solidarity committees in early November against the use of chemical weapons by the Turkish state.

Activists exhibited Kurdish symbols during the November 25 marches held in the cities of Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Rosario in Argentina.

Several solidarity messages were read out during the march in Buenos Aires. In her message, Mirta Curruhuinca, a prominent female activist of the Mapuche people, stated that their experiences as a people are not different from those of the Kurdish people and added that they regard the struggle of Kurdish women as a source of strength. Curruhuinca remarked that the struggle of Kurdish women relies on the perspective of multi-nationalism. She said that their struggle focuses not only on the Mapuche people, but also is a common ground based on the identity of women. “Liberating the land and securing a free future for children is our common struggle,” Curruhuinca said, emphasizing that the struggle of the Kurdish people eliminated the artificial borders between peoples created by the sovereign powers.

A message of solidarity with the women's struggle in Kurdistan was read out on behalf of Ni Una Menos in another November 25 march in Buenos Aires.

The message of the Ni Una Menos called attention to the dirty war waged by the Turkish state in Kurdistan. The message pointed out that the silence of international forces towards this war means partnership with Turkey and urged the Argentine government to step into action against the war crimes committed by the Turkish state against the Kurdish people. “The Turkish use of chemical weapons against our male and female comrades resisting in the mountains of Kurdistan is unacceptable,” the message underlined. Ni Una Menos stressed that they would not tolerate this attack against the Kurdish insurgents.

The message also remarked that the popular uprisings in Iran that followed the murder of Mahsa Amini could not be prevented and “the iconic slogan of Jin Jiyan Azadi (Woman, Life, Freedom) will alleviate our pain after all our losses”.

The Committee of Solidarity with the Kurdish Women's Movement participated in the November 25 march in Cordobá and delivered a message. In the message addressed to the women of the world, the committee emphasized that the women of the world should organize and oppose the Turkish state which aims to eliminate women's revolution through its invasion attacks against Rojava. The message pointed out that the Sociology of Freedom and Jineology were the key to doing so, and ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ formed the foundations of a freedom paradigm rather than being a slogan.

As part of the November 25 demonstrations, a speech was delivered in the city of Rosario on behalf of the Committee of Solidarity with the Kurdistan Women's Movement before the screening of a documentary about migrations from Kurdistan. The speech called attention to the war crimes of the Turkish state against Kurdistan and protested the attempts to invade Rojava and the attacks on civilian settlements ongoing since November 19. Emphasizing that it is a duty to embrace a movement that offers humanity a democratic, ecological and pro-women system, the speech urged internationally relevant authorities to take action to investigate the war crimes committed by the Turkish state. “Those comrades, men and women, who are resisting capitalism in the mountains of Kurdistan are not alone”, the speaker underlined.

During the demonstrations in the cities of Chako and Oaxaca, banners promoting solidarity with the Kurdish people and with the inscription ‘Jin Jiyan Azadi’ were displayed.