By Meredith Tax
In war-torn northern Syria, a democratic societybased on secularism, ethnic inclusiveness, and gender equalityhas gained major victories opposed to the Islamic nation, or Daesh, with girls at the entrance traces as fierce warriors and leaders.
A highway Unforeseen recounts the dramatic, underreported heritage of the Rojava Kurds, whose all-women armed forces was once instrumental within the perilous mountaintop rescue of tens of hundreds of thousands of civilians besieged in Iraq. as much as that time, the Islamic country had appeared invincible. but those ladies helped vanquish them, bringing the 1st half the refugees to defense inside of twenty-four hours.
Who are the progressive ladies of Rojava and what classes will we examine from their heroic tale? How does their political philosophy range from that of Iraqi Kurdistan, the Islamic country, and Turkey? and may the politics of the twenty-first century be formed by way of the competition among those political models?
Meredith Tax is a author and political activist. writer, so much lately, of Double Bind: The Muslim correct, the Anglo-American Left, and common Human Rights, she was once founding president of Women’s global, an international loose speech community of feminist writers, and cofounder of the PEN American Center’s Women’s Committee and the overseas PEN girls Writers’ Committee. She is at present foreign board chair of the Centre for Secular house and lives in New York.
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