YPJ-Sinjar founding meeting held
SHENGAL (DİHA) - The YPJ-Shengal (Women's Protection Units - Shengal) Command has held its founding meeting.
At the meeting the YPJ-Shengal announced its aim as being to defend Mount Sinjar (Shengal) and the town of Sinjar, which are sacred for the Êzidi people, and to ensure the survival of the Êzidi culture and faith in line with the paradigm of democratic, ecological women’s freedom as mapped out by PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan. In its statement the YPJ-Sinjar called for women to join its ranks.
'The magnificent resistance is continuing’
The statement noted that the resistance of the HPG- YJA-Star guerrillas has been going on for over 5 months, and that this success had led to the current ongoing operation to liberate Sinjar town, which commenced on 20 December. The statement noted that the heroic resistance of the HPG-YJA Star guerrillas and YBŞ fighters was continuing, and that women within the YBŞ had held a meeting on 5 January, attended by 27 young Êzidi women and 17 YJA Star guerrillas.
Aims of YPJ-Shengal
At the meeting, the political situation in general and that in Sinjar was evaluated, and a decision was taken to organise under the name 'YPJ-Sinjar (Yekîneyên Parastina Jin ê Şengalê – Sinjar Women’s Protection Units).' The founding statement noted that the aims of the YPJ-Sinjar were to defend Mount Sinjar and the town of Sinjar, which are sacred for the Êzidi people, and to ensure the survival of the Êzidi culture and faith in line with the paradigm of democratic, ecological women’s freedom as mapped out by leader Apo.
Decisions in the founding statement include the organisation of women in line with the awareness of self-defence, for women to learn the women’s freedom ideology of PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan, and to struggle against the mentality of male domination. The YPJ-Sinjar stated it shared the organisational aims of the YBŞ (Yekineyen Berxwedana Şengalê – Sinjar Resistance Units), and called on women to join them.
The statement said the organisation would commemorate the Êzidi women who have lost their lives in the struggle, and those who died in the massacres, and struggle for the liberation of Sinjar. It said it would also consider it a duty to wage a struggle to ensure the release of the girls abducted during the attacks that took place on 2nd and 3rd August.
The statement also called on young women in particular to join the ranks of the YPJ-Sinjar in order to consolidate the struggle of the Êzidi people and to take ownership of the memories of those who have fallen in the struggle.