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Letters from Leyla Güven to the women of the world
Even though our geographies are divided by thousands of kilometers, I’m glad you heard my voice. Even though we are from very different corners of the world, as women, we always feel. As Hypatia says, “none of us resemble each other, but the things that unite us are greater than those that separate us.” We are all sisters. What unites us the most is our struggle for freedom, our resistance against all kinds of fascism, against the dictatorship and the patriarchal mentality.
Women who resist and fight always become symbols: Clara Zetkin, Rosa Luxemburg, the Mirabal sisters, Sakine Cansiz, Leyla Qasim and many other women become symbols through their struggle. As women, we are half of the world’s population. However, we are all oppressed. When we begin to fight for our rights, we are labeled as terrorists.
All the women of the world must give fascism enough, enough to the dictatorship!
The murder of women through domestic violence, female genital mutilation, child marriages, women sentenced to death in Iranian prisons – Zenenep Celalyan is one of them – Kurdish women, who were banned from mother tongue, the Arabs who fled the war. All point to femicide. As women who are prepared to die, we can stop this femicide through the connection of our struggles. While we are determined to fight.
I am a Kurdish woman. My awareness of the injustices committed against women developed thanks to Mr. Abdullah Öcalan. It is through the importance of the struggle that Mr. Öcalan placed on the freedom and camaraderie of women, that millions of women have developed a strong willpower.
Women have experienced an awakening. And I am one of these women. I learned to be at peace with my gender, to fight against the patriarchal mentality, and I learned to be a feminist. When I heard from Mr. Öcalan that a society will only be free when women are free, for many years I have carried out a struggle for the freedom of women and I will continue to do so.
Mr. Öcalan, to whom I owe my own awakening, has been locked in an isolated cell for the past 20 years. In order to demand the removal of Mr. Öcalan’s isolation, something that millions of Kurds see as their political will, I have started a hunger strike. Mr. Öcalan is an important actor in the efforts to create peace in the Middle East and in the world. As a prisoner, going against national and international laws, you are denied all your rights and freedoms.
To request recognition of these rights, we, as Kurdish politicians of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and the Democratic Society Council (DTK), are calling for an end to their isolation. We say that this is a crime against human rights. However, to silence us, the fascism of the AKP (Justice and Development Party) and MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) imprisoned us.
They specifically addressed women. More than half of the imprisoned parliamentarians are women. The same goes for the mayors of cities, who were taken to prison. The mentality that does not accept the quota of women in politics has implemented a policy of 60-70% of women in prison.
I’ve been in prison for about a year. A prisoner has no more than her own body. So, I started this hunger strike. Now, together with me, in the prisons of the whole country we are already 230 friends, political prisoners, who have started an indefinite and irreversible hunger strike. Hannah Arendt has a beautiful quote: “Freedom means action. Because freedom can only be achieved through action.
The action drives the movement that resonates among the people. ” The demands of my action are legitimate and of law. If our demands are not met, hundreds of people can lose their lives. If this happens in the 21st century, it will not only be the shame for Turkey, but that of all mankind.
So that the world does not face such shame, the women of the world must do what they can. And without losing more time. We will continue resisting. Resistance will help us win. Our belief in this is infinite. In this sense, I call them all to resist.
Long live the solidarity of the peoples and of women.
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