TJK-E calls on women to organise against male violence
"Regardless of whoever is practicing the violence, it should be our basic duty not to remain silent and to develop self-defense by being conscious and organized," said the TJK-E.
The European Kurdish Women's Movement (TJK-E) has urged to raise the fight against increasing male violence against women, due to the COVID-19 pandemic which forces people at home.
TJK-E urged everyone to condemn violence against women and reminded that a Kurdish woman was nearly killed in Germany at the beginning of May.
Pointing out that "the virus of the patriarchal system, the male virus" is responsible for violence against women, TJK-E urged to increase the fight against "this organized crime and violence network".
The statement of TJK-E said: "The ideology of the patriarchal system is falling a part but it continues to darken the lives of women in all areas. The hierarchical and distorted structure of the family, one of the most organized areas of the nation-state system, is being camouflaged with false religious ideologies. In this system, that legitimizes all kinds of visual, verbal, economic, psychological, physical violence against women, we wake up every day with the news of a new femicide."
The statement continued: "Violence against women is always given a reason: war, migration, economic crisis, natural disaster and, finally, the pandemic proces. However, we see that addressing the problem periodically weakens the focus that should be kept on the central system ideologies, which are the main source of the problem. Carrying out violence is neither the migration process nor the pandemic process: the killer is certain, he is inside and beside us."
The statement recalled that "every day, women are murdered by their (ex) spouses or partners. The latest case was registered on 1 May 2020. Meryem Ş., a political activist was nearly killed by her husband who first stabbed her and then poured petrol on her and her child. Both were treated at the hospital. On 2 May, a woman was massacred in Kassel by her husband."
The TJK-E called on women "to unite and organise against this organized crime and violence network. Again, regardless of whoever is practicing the violence, it should be our basic duty not to remain silent and to develop self-defense by being conscious and organized."