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



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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