, Volume 60, Issue 1–2, pp 74–79 | Cite as

Self-Defense Means Political Autonomy! The Women’s Movement of Kurdistan Envisioning and Pursuing New Paths for Radical Democratic Autonomy

  • Dilar Dirik


The Kurdish women’s movement is involved in an active militant struggle against ultra-patriarchal groups such as ISIS, but also in the process of mobilizing a popular movement for feminist social justice, change, and autonomous self-determination. This article describes the ideological and organizational principles of the women’s movement and argues that political consciousness and autonomy resulted in the elaboration of a radical freedom concept in Kurdistan.


Kurdish women Political autonomy ISIS Self-defence State violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Representation of the Kurdish Women’s MovementCambridgeUK

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