MURADA KINDA-OLVA HAJ MANSOUR/AL-HASAKAH
Jinwar the all-female village was built on the basis of democracy; the ecology and the multiplicity of nations
In order to manage women, a common life, an ecological economy, the revival of history, the spirit of companionship and the love of women, and the outcome of the women's revolution, the village of Jinwar was opened on the basis of social culture. The village started working in the winter of 2016- 2017, with all the relevant institutions and bodies of northern Syria, on 10 March 2017 laid the foundation stone for the village and continued work until 25 November 2018 to open the village to women officially in conjunction with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The village is located west of ad-Darbasiya district in al-Hasaka in northern Syria, near the historical hill of Kebaz and the villages of Karkand, Harba, Atishan and Kairouan. The land on which the village was built was a gift from the Women's Economic Committee.
The construction of a village for women stems from the thought of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, who distributed a leaflet to the women of the village, he wrote, "Agriculture and fatigue are the product of women, once again building a stable life, the village revolution which in turn is considered the closest to the nature of women.
The symbol of the village of women
Everything in the village of women is meaningful and taken from history, so the symbol of the village of women is the peganum, which is the symbol of blessing, the woman's calendar, the treatment of many diseases and protects the community from damage and negative energy, so this herb is a symbol of the village of women. Till now, many of the houses of the Kurdish people hold peganum for decoration and protection from the eye.
The village of women is open to multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious beliefs
The women of Jinwar live in a common and multi-national life, where the Yazidis, the Christians, the Arabs, the Kurds and the internationals, women from ad-Darbasiya, Kobani, Deir ez-Zor, Shaddadi, Şengal, al-Shahba, Sulaimaniyah, Makhmour and Serê Kaniyê.
Day in the village of women
In the village, there are a lot of questions about the lives of women in the village. To answer them, our agency spent a day in the village. We set off from the town of Qamishlo towards ad-Darbasiya. The village is 5 km away from ad-Darbasiya. As one approaches the village, small houses of the village decorated with spring color are seen, in front of the big door of the village stands a woman with two boys who protect the village and look for visitors, what distinguishes the village is that it is special for women.
The woman who lives in the village works hard in various jobs such as kitchen, bakery, tree planting, lecturing and homework. There are 9 families in the village, each of which is located in the village. Each family's story is different.
'Before now our history deviated'"
In the afternoon, 2 women from the village go to the kitchen to prepare food, where all the women in the village eat together. Afterwards, women exchange conversations, watch television and discuss the news. In the evening, a lecture on women's history is given. Some women's views were like, "Our history was narrated in an incorrect way", the evening meal every family has at home, but it is striking that each family shares with their neighbors the same food, afterwards, women gather in a house in the village and exchange stories and talk about women's struggle against them masculine mindset, and they sing as well.
'Women's unity wipes out pain and sad memories'
The sun shines in Jinwar village at 5 am, and with the sound of the cock and the word of good morning, a new day is received in the village. At 6 am, the women start exercising. Some of them go to the bakery to prepare the dough and bread. At 7:30 the children wake up to go to school and help their mother in preparing the breakfast. The most striking thing is that the children receive lessons about the mentality of the natural community and the common life. In the park of the village, the children planted at least 300 olive, apricots, pomegranates, lemons and orange trees. The village of women do not differentiate between children and they love them, the women's union in the village and where many people visit it.
Management of the village of women, Jinwar Council
There is a council in the village for women: Jinwar Council, all residents of the village are members of the council, twice a month they meet, and there is discussion about the status of children, mothers, nationalities, institutions, agriculture, visitors, the diplomatic situation and the status quo in the country. Because of the masculine mindset, children were taken from their mothers, so the Jinwar Council is solving these problems.
The Jinwar Academy for lectures and training was opened, within the museum in the academy, there are pictures of the fighters, pictures of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, and many things made by women, where the history of women is protected. And women receive lessons bout women's history, Jinology, and women's physiology, and women are trained to drive.
Aş Nan bakery
The goddess of agriculture, Aş Nan, was the goddess of blessing and protection of orphans in the Sumerian era. These gods made bread for the orphans and distributed it to them. Aş Nan bakery in the village was named after the gods. Each month two of the village women took charge of the bakery. And the women sell bread outside the village. Every three loaves are sold for 100 liras, where the interest is placed in the village box. Every morning, the owners of the shops go to the women's village and buy the bread. According to the sellers, the bread prepared by Jinwar women are better and have good taste as their price is better.
Making medicines from natural herbs
As a kind of dependence on nature, diseases are treated with herbal medicine. When one gets sick, they are treated with natural herbs, in addition to the affectionate woman's love, the women have learned lessons about natural herbal remedies. There is also a swimming pool in the village, and every week the village is completely cleaned, where the women cooperate in cleaning the village and the houses.
Owaish Primary School
The primary grades in the village include 12 children, out of 30 children. The number of students in the fourth grade is 4 children, the second grade has 3 children, the first grade has 5 children, and the children are taught by the teachers of the Education Committee in the democratic society in Arabic and Kurdish, and two children from ad-Darbasiya are attending preparatory school. In addition, the children learn English by the Internationals Commune in the village.
Women's special economy
All the women in the village are able to work in the village's products. They grow lentils, wheat, and barley, as well as animals, such as livestock and chickens, as well as a food shop and a bakery.
Who lives in the village?
The wives of the martyrs, the women who have fallen victim to masculine mindset, and the women who wish to live in the village can become the inhabitants of their village, and the doors of the village are open to anyone who wishes to live there through the Kongra Star and the houses of women. Women's families can visit them in the village. Women can work in the village's institutions. Because of the circumstances, they can work outside the village as well, for a monthly salary.
Our visit to Jinwar village is over, but the struggle of women against masculine mindset continues.