Kur­dis­tan Women Union cel­e­brates 61st An­niver­sary

The Kur­dis­tan Women Union (KWU) cel­e­brated its 61st an­niver­sary on Wens­day (De­cem­ber 11th).

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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.

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