FIDAN ABDULLAH / AL-SHAHBA
The women in al-Shahba canton like the rest of the Syrian women who were living under the mentality of the Baathist regime were not aware of the existence of the day that the world celebrates in recognition of the efforts and the role of women, and with the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, they were the women who have experienced the horrors and atrocities at the hands of the mercenary gangs and Daesh..
The women celebrated last year in al-Shahba on the eighth of March during a massive march went out under the slogan "Al-Shahba Areas' Resistance Triumphs by the 8th of March Women." During this period, women were able to unite themselves and organize themselves under the banner of al-Shahba Free Women Union.
In this context, Salwa al-Hamad congratulated all the hardworking and struggling women for the sake of achieving their freedom and the freedom of society on the International Women Day, and she pointed out that al-Shahba women before the revolution and under the control of IS' mercenaries were not aware of anything about this holy day for women.
Salwa stressed that after they were introduced to the thought and philosophy of the Kurdish people leader Abdullah Ocalan and the freedom of women, they have had greater knowledge of the importance and necessity of this global and historic day for the women in the world. She noted that the authoritarian states that do not recognize and celebrate the International Women Day prove their fear of developing and highlighting the role of women in the society.
While the young woman Zena Rashid said that the women in the region in particular before being introduced to the concept of the democratic nation were living a restricted life, and the young women in particular suffered from the marriage of minors, and this caused a high rate of divorce and the killing of women.
In her speech, Zena praised the confidence and strength provided by the thought and philosophy of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan for the young women, and that with this spirit, they derive the determination to activate their role in the society and move towards liberating their thought from the remnants of the authoritarian mentality to achieve democracy in the region.
Jihan Sheikho said that as the women of al-Shahba canton, they are preparing for the second year in a row after being freed from the chains of the Baathist regime and IS mercenaries' mentality to receive the International Women Day. She said, "For us, this step is of the series of victory and progress towards women's freedom."
Jihan stressed that they are going to continue their resistance and struggle until reaching every woman and liberating her from the male mentality in addition to achieving the physical freedom of the Kurdish people leader Abdullah Ocalan from Imrali prison.
On the 8th of March, Iman Oso congratulated all the women of north-east Syria and noted that the revolution of the region was known as the revolution of women as they were always at the forefront of all activities, and stressed that with the spirit of strength and determination on the women's freedom, they seek to develop themselves and the society to consolidate equality and democracy in the region.