Kobani and Rojava

Congratulations to the Kurds in Kobani and Rojava for looking after each other and the area,  for Kurds and others who live peaceably with you. Well done the women who have worked so hard to change the way things are done, and to the men who did not stand in their way.

I was not impressed to read about women taking up arms, and was dsappointed to see the Facebook glorification of these women because it seems tokenistic,  but when my friend Houzan Mahmood reframed it – the women were protecting themselves and all that is important to them, not relying on anyone else – it all made sense.  In some ways it makes them less of a target if they can defend themselves.  Women are so often used in war. Continue reading Kobani and Rojava