Kurdistan Women Union celebrates 61st Anniversary
The Kurdistan Women Union (KWU) celebrated its 61st anniversary on Wensday (December 11th).
KWU marked the day with conducting several different activities across the cities in the federal Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) head of 16th branch, Sarbast Lazgin, and Mayor of Zakho accompanied by several high level governmental officials as well as NGO activists visited the KWU office in Zakho.
They congratulated the 61st anniversary of founding KWU and valued the role of women in Kurdish society. They also asked the KWU to strive hard to improve the level of the Kurdish women’s lifestyle in all different fields of life through opening up-to-date educational courses.
In addition, the local KDP officials as well as the governmental officials visited the KWU’s office in the district of Koya. They were warmly welcomed by the KWU members. At the same day, a sceminar was organized for Nashmil Ali, head of KWU office in Koya. It was about how to use communication tools like mobile as well as how to use social media networks in a healthy way. Lots of young couples get divorce in Kurdistan due to using social networks and mobile in a wrong way. Sometimes they will be killed by their family members.
Today there are several women organisations in Kurdistan with various types of activities. Today, Kurdish women are vigilant and from all walks participate side by side with men to bring about pro- gressive transformations and to preserve popular achievements.
Women actively participate in all aspects of working life in Kurdistan. Contrast to previous injustice and discrimination, women are considered to be half of the society and “mother to the other half” as stated by the KDP leader Massoud Barzani. Their activities in the fields of reconstructing Kurdistan are clearly visible. Perhaps by far the most important role they have taken upon themselves is to being mother to the young generation and bringing them up in the Kurdish way in order to preserve its identity for the future, which has been constantly under threat.
KWU's main duty now is to provide financial, political, social, and cultural support and assistance to the women of the Kurdish region, as well as advocating for women's rights and attempting to attain their rights through legislation.
In 1952, a group of female members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) wanted to set up a political organization exclusively for women. On December 11th 1952, they formed the KWU and elected Nahida Sheikh Salam as the Union's first secretary-general.