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Introduction to the Women’s Organisation of Iranian Kurdistan

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Kurdish women have had a notable and worthy presence in all aspects of political and civil activities, both at home and abroad. Further, they are a major player in the struggle for the national rights within the national Kurdish movement. In another word, the Kurdish woman is part and parcel of the national movement, who suffers oppression, and by the same token, live as a woman in a patriarchal society under the rule of a religious state and is discriminated against in her private and social life on a daily basis. Taking this into consideration and in order to advance the goals of the Kurdish women movement, and further to help raising the awareness and offer moral support, and in cases financial support, to the Iranian Kurdish women, who have been forced to leave Iran and reside in Iraqi Kurdistan within a deplorable situation, due to social, economical and political problems, we, a group of experienced and fighting-spirited women of Iranian Kurdistan, who are residing in Iraqi Kurdistan in exile, have formed and established the Women’s organisation of Iranian Kurdistan in 2010. This is a truly multi-partisan organisation and embraces all Kurdish Iranian women in all its activities.

The Women’s organisation of Iranian Kurdistan has organised its activities in the form of the various committees, such as: social, political, artistic, communications, financial and advertisement.
Supporting the refugees in the refugee camps since the war between Iran and Iraq (in the 1980’s) is part of the humanitarian activities of the Women’s organisation of Iranian Kurdistan. One should also mention the on-going visits to the displaced Iranian Kurds in refugee camps all over Iraq. We have always strived to alleviate the problems of livelihood of these women, as much as our material and humane abilities permit us, and we have strived to elevate their abilities and self-confidence by making them aware of their most basic and fundamental rights.

These women live under oppression for being a woman, a Kurd and displaced in Iraqi Kurdistan and are carrying a 30-year-old-burden of pain, displacement, war, oppression and suppression on their shoulders. Further, the great flood of Iranian Kurdish women from all walks of life including political and civil activists, students, women movement activists, in a word all those women who have been forced to live their normal life due to the threats under the rule of the Islamic Republic, have made it clear and apparent to us the inevitable necessity of forming and establishing such organisation. It must be added that the Women’s organisation of Iranian Kurdistan has its representatives in most European countries and is widely active within Iran as well.
Some of the activities of the Women’s organisation of Iranian Kurdistan:
–    Holding on-going seminars regarding all matters related to the women’s’ issues; –    Holding educational sessions and trainings on subjects such as social, health, culture
and trainings specific to women; –    Holding awareness and social health workshops for village women and displaced
refugee camp residents;
–    Communicating and liaising with the governmental authorities and organisations in Iraqi Kurdistan for the purpose of providing financial and moral support for the refugee women;
– The sex workers, who are forced to sell their bodies, due to widespread unemployment who come from Iran to Iraq are helped and supported by the members of the Women’s organisation of Iranian Kurdistan in order to find jobs and return to a life with dignity;
–    Giving refuge to women who have run away from their oppressive husbands in Iran and travel to Iraq, or referring such women to centres for supporting venerable women centres in Iraqi Kurdistan;
– Participating in international conferences in order to echo the voice of Kurdish women in Iranian Kurdistan and earning the moral support of the various international centres for the Kurdish women in this part of Kurdistan.
Expectations from international organisations for helping Iranian Kurdish women
We are urging you to give educational, financial and moral support to the Women’s organisation of Iranian Kurdistan in various fields, and by doing so and through them, help and support the Kurdish women in Iranian Kurdistan.
Help and assist us to participate in international gatherings and become the voice of the voiceless and un-supported women of Kurdistan.
When you hold educational sessions in Iraqi Kurdistan on various subjects and vocations, including the awareness-making and education of women, inform us and our members. Do train us and educate us, we can be a good trainer for other women ourselves.
Do assist and help us to establish a kindergarten and nursery for child refugees and their mothers, in our refugee camp which is 20km away from the city of Soleymaniyeh. This task requires such budget and expenditure that is not in our grasp. We urgently ask for the allocation of financial aid from human rights organisations and ask for your assistance in this matter.
Our other humanitarian request is to organise an on-going project for the collection of clothes, stationary and daily required equipments in the European countries. We ask you to send these items to the “Women’s organisation of Iranian Kurdistan”, for the benefit of women under our protection.
Do help and assist us in our voluntary and humanitarian aid duties to the Iranian Kurdish women.
Sincerely yours,

The Management of the Women’s organisation of Iranian Kurdistan

August 2015

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