I dedicate this post to my sister, friend and fellow feminist Hawzhin, a.k.a. The Middle Eastern Feminist.
It was thanks to her that I learned about the YPJ forces and the struggle of the Kurdish people for their independence and against ISIS terrorism.
This text was originally published in her Facebook page.
An essential objective of the Kurdish YPJ (Women’ Protection Unit) is to challenge the gender norms in relation to war; including women’s role in war as well as to exist as a visible psychological boost for women in war-torn communities, demonstrating that women are not weak or passive and can actively work to defend themselves and their communities.
By the same token, their existence challenges male perception that in war women are passive subjects ready to be killed, maimed, abused, etc at the whim and will of male aggressors. Continue reading