How the Kurds Make the Case for Democratization

Dastan Jasim

GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

The Kurdish cause is mostly fought for by groups that consider themselves specifically progressive and, in many cases, even leftist. It has quickly developed into a cause that goes way beyond the national question or a struggle for cultural rights against many forms of oppression like gendered or capitalist exploitation. This democratic nature of the Kurdish struggle has a lot to do with how their struggle is situated geopolitically and historically. Nowadays, many challenges are ahead for the Kurdish community to really prosper, but one thing is sure: Kurds will not deny these challenges. In this article, the author recounts the important participation of women, for example in the recent Rojava Revolution.

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