Prof. Marco Okazawa-Rey: Women's Confederation Project excites us

Professor Marco Okazawa-Rey indicated that she was introduced to the project of the Kurdish women's struggle movement for freedom through the martyr Nakhan Akarsal and the Kurdish women revolutionaries, and she said that the project of the Democratic Confederation for Women excites them.

Prof. Marco Okazawa-Rey: Women's Confederation Project excites us
3 March 2024   03:08
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JIHAN BALKIN

Professor Marco Okazawa-Rey explained that she recently learned about the Kurdish women's freedom struggle movement, and she spoke to ANHA's agency about the international democratic confederation for women proposed by leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Marco Okazawa-Rey pointed to the continued struggle for women's liberation around the world, and said: "The rights that already exist in many countries are now threatened. The rise of right-wing parties to power in the world has caused many problems, and violence is affecting many parts of the world." Primarily women, as sexual exploitation, early marriage, rape by armed men, incest, female genital mutilation, femicide, cyber violence, poverty, displacement and homelessness cause great suffering to women, and destroy nature in addition to that.”

 “The influence of cultures supported by patriarchal dominance is devastating.”

Marco Okazawa-Rey pointed out that in places of war, not only are women's rights violated, but there is a major humanitarian crisis that harms women and girls the most. She said: "The occupation, misogyny, racism, ethnocentrism (white dominance), religious extremism, and ethnocentrism (Racial supremacy), consumerism, imperialism, global capitalism, colonialism, etc., all have to do with patriarchal domination that is maintained thanks to it alone, and these cultures have a destructive and harmful impact on women and nature.”

"The struggle of Kurdish women inspires us"

Marco Okazawa Rey revealed that she was introduced to the Kurdish women’s struggle for freedom movement through the martyr Nakhan Akarsal and the Kurdish women revolutionaries, and she continued her speech by saying: “The Kurdish struggle for freedom and independence has existed for centuries, and I understand the philosophy of ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ and the approach of women.” There are more Kurdish women day after day. We see that the struggle for women’s liberation and the national liberation struggle from Afghanistan to Morocco, Tunisia, Vietnam, and of course Palestine, are intertwined and very complex. The struggle of Kurdish women for freedom inspires us.”

 “The project of a global democratic confederation of women is recent.”

Marco Okazawa Rey indicated that she admires and accepts the project of a global democratic confederation for women proposed by leader Abdullah Ocalan, and she spoke about this topic, saying: “I was very excited when I heard the three interconnected terms ‘Women, Life, Freedom.’ In contrast to the ‘neutral’ movement, it is... The recent project of a global democratic confederation for women, and it is compatible with it because values are what create the culture of life and can be applied, and the time has come for a person to have such a big and bold vision.”

"It's time to build a new world"

Marco Okazawa Rey mentioned that they meet with other women around the world to discuss and analyze women's freedom, and she explained that in their meetings they discuss in detail everything related to feminist movements and efforts, including the International Women's Confederation.

“It is time to think about and build a new world,” said Professor Marco Okazawa-Rey. “We must have hope, and most importantly, we must love life like never before. It is time to cross the sea together.”

Who is Marco Okazaw- Rey?

Marco Okazawa-Rey was born in Japan in 1949. She is a founding member of the Combahee River Collective. She is known for her work in the field of global feminism. She is an American professor, lecturer, writer, and social justice activist. She worked as a lecturer at Fielding Graduate University in California. She also She has worked on issues of armed conflict and violence against women. She is one of the founders of the International Women's Network Against Militarism. She also works in Switzerland on the International Women's Peace Council. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). She has written numerous books on feminism, social justice and women's movements.

T/ Satt.

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