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Kurdish Women Fighters

Maryam Ashrafi

In the heart of the Middle East, a region plagued by religious fundamentalism, women are almost invisible in political and social activities. However, this is not true in Kurdistan where a movement has taken place where women play a substantial role in both the practices and decision-making processes within the military and in politics. Kurdistan is one of the largest nations in the world that does not have its own state.

Kurdish women have managed to attain greater gender equality. They have been brought up in more open-minded society.  Many women see the military campaigns as a way of getting their national and gender rights. They have proven that they are capable of attaining power within Kurdish society and are yearning for changes that can someday be duplicated by other Middle Eastern societies.

- Hemn Seyedi