Zilan and Anna Women's Festival kicks off in London

The 16th annual Zilan Women's Festival, held traditionally in London, will begin today and will end on Sunday.

This year, the festival is called "Zilan and Anna Women's Festival", to honour also the young British revolutionary, Anna Campbell (Helin Qzemeox), who lost her life as a result of the air bombardment carried out by the Turkish state in Afrin in March 2018.

The festival program includes panels, theater performances, children's events and concerts.

All events of the festival will take place at the Democratic Kurdish Community Center in Haringey.

A panel will be held today with HDP deputy Pero Dündar and will discuss the latest political developments in Kurdistan.

Aliye Varto, one of the executives of the European Kurdish Women's Movement TJK-E, will join the launch of the campaign titled "Violence against women is political."

Before the panel, regional dishes from different regions of Kurdistan will be served.

A colorful and entertaining program was prepared for children. There will be competitions for children, face painting, drawing, storytelling, gift packages and surprises.

On the second day of the festival, Sunday, the play about gender violence by Berrin Çelik's “Don't Open the Window Mum".

On Sunday evening, the festival will end with a concert by Beser Şahin, Nuarin and Sevim Aslan.

The Roj Women's Assembly, which organizes the festival, said that the women-led hunger strike and the death-fast resistance brought the struggle to a new stage and that women would increase the resistance in this new phase.

The statement by the organisers said: "Kurdish women living in Britain are preparing for the festival with great enthusiasm every year.

We will pay tribute to fighters like Zilan and Anne and we will commend their resistance."