News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
A new division of the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) has been formed in Şengal as part of efforts to build up the Şengal Defense Units (YBŞ), according to a new article by Rojin Deniz and Sara Xwinda for JINHA news which appeared in Özgür Gündem. The decision to constitute a separate division, the YPJ-Şengal, was taken by close to 50 Yezidi women already fighting with the YBŞ. A statement released by the leadership of newly formed YPJ-Şengal following the decision read: We are calling on all Yezidi people for support to strengthen this struggle, and in particular on young Yezidi women to be responsive to our struggle.”
For The Sacred Mountains Of Şengal
The statement from the YPJ-Şengal continued: “Women within the ranks of the YBŞ have organized themselves along a new identity, the YPJ-Şengal (Yekîneyên Parastina Jin ê Şengalê). The YPJ-Şengal has declared as its foundational goal to enable the people living in Şengal, women, the Şengal mountains which are sacred to the Yezidi people, and the Yazidi faith and culture to live freely in accordance with the democratic-ecological-feminist emancipatory paradigm of leader Apo. The YPJ-Şengal organization takes as its principle the organization of women living in Şengal around a consciousness of self-defense. It struggles for the liberation of Şengal and to keep alive the memory of Yezidi Kurdish women who have been killed in the struggle for the freedom and to embrace the women who have lost their lives carrying out this duty.
To The Ranks Of The YPJ-Şengal
Following the announcement of its formation the command of the YPJ-Şengal called for support, saying: We are calling on all Yezidi people for support to strengthen this struggle, and in particular on young Yezidi women to be responsive to our struggle and to join the ranks of the YPJ-Şengal in order to remember our friends Viyan, Evrim, Armanc, Jiyanda, Roni, Dilgeş, Canpolat, Zinar, Ezdin, Kasım, Serdar who died in the struggle to liberate Şengal in the same way as their comrades Ş. Berivan (Binevş Agal), and Ş. Xane.”