On Sunday, June 26th, the women of the political parties belonging to the Syrian Democratic Council organized a dialogue seminar in the city of Al-Qamishli to discuss Turkish threats and methods to confront them under the title “The outcomes of Turkish threats to the occupation of Syrian territory”.
The seminar was attended by representatives of the political parties belonging to the Syrian Democratic Council, as well as activists and researchers from Egypt, Yemen and America.
The first session of the seminar dealt with the Turkish threats and their repercussions on the course of resolving the Syrian crisis, during which the administrator of the Women’s Bureau of the SDC, Janda Muhammed, spoke about the historical roots of Turkish ambitions in the Syrian territories and its exploitation of international changes in order to implement its expansionist agendas in Syria.
Muhammed pointed out the negative role in which Turkey has played since the start of the revolutionary movement in Syria and how Turkey has changed its course and cared of demands of the Syrian people to pass its expansionist project in the region and blackmail international powers at the expense of the aspirations of the Syrian people.
The administrator of the Women’s Bureau spoke about the role of Turkey in facilitating the passage of extremist members to Syria and the formation of radical Islamist factions and using them as tools to occupy Syrian territory by military operations that have occupied large areas of northern Syria.
“The safe zone that the Turkish government is talking about is just an area where terrorist organizations and members enjoy the freedom of movement and planning for their terrorist targets in the region” Muhammed said.
At the end of her speech, she appealed to women all over the world as “peace-loving”, especially Syrian women, to uprise in order to stop the Turkish war and its racist projects in the north of Syria.
Regarding the same theme, a journalist and researcher in regional affairs, Dr. Walaa Abu state, from Egypt, spoke via the zoom platform about the Turkish role since the launch of the “Arab Spring” movement and Turkey’s quest to restore its glories and the dream of controlling territories in the Middle East region.
Abu state said that Turkey, during its current president, follows a different direction from the norms and international laws and seeks to cause crises and unrest in the countries of the region as well as it seeks to dominate and occupy more of the territories of neighboring countries, especially Syria.
The Egyptian researcher pointed out that “The Autonomous Administration areas and their resistance to the Turkish occupier, the efforts of the changing of demography and identity of the region, at the same time they contribute to protecting regional national security, so they deserve all our appreciation and support”.
Egyptian researcher and specialist in regional affairs, Dr. farinaz Attia, also had a participation via “Zoom”, she spoke about the expansionist obsession of the Turkish government led by Erdogan at the expense of the neighboring country, taking advantage of the world’s preoccupation with the events in Ukraine and international contradictions regarding the Syrian issue.
The researcher specialized in regional affairs said that Erdogan’s recent campaigns are likely to be for elections and to distract the Turkish street and voters from the economic decline in Turkey and the internal crises that the Turkish people are living, as she described.
She pointed out that there is a serious threat to the Kurds and minorities in northern Syria by forced displacement and demographic change, which threatens the future of the region and its social fabric.
Attia pointed out that the Turkish expansionist occupier in the north of Syria poses a threat to the entire Arab region and not only Syria, because Syria and Iraq constitute the eastern gateway to the security of the countries of the region, in addition to Turkey’s support for terrorist organizations and political Islam groups to destabilize the security and stability of Arab countries.
The second session, entitled “Strategies of confrontation and possible resolutions in the face of Turkish policies and the role of women in it” where the Co-representative of the Modernity and Democracy Party of Syria, Haifa Mahmoud, spoke about women since the beginning of the crisis in Syria and their quest to resolve the crisis by a comprehensive national path according to the path that women are working on in the regions of northern and eastern Syria.
Mahmoud pointed out that women in northern and eastern Syria have become a model and hope for women in Syria, and their gains are the gains of all women.
She called on women in Arab and international countries to work to protect these gains, deter Turkey and stop its attacks against the areas of northern Syria, and also she appealed to the international community and the United Nations to implement their resolutions and charters and fulfill their duties to put an end to crimes in the occupied areas in Syria.
She stressed that “states and the United Nations must reach resolutions by peaceful and diplomatic means, communicate with international parties and concerned parties, reveal the facts, events and violations that occur in the occupied areas by the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries in the region and work to confront the occupation and expansionist ambitions of the Turkish occupation state.
The activist and researcher at the Kurdish Center for studies in America, Megan Boudet, spoke via the Zoom application about the Turkish violations against women in the occupied areas such as Afrin, Tal Abyad and Seri kaniyeh (Ras Al-Ain), and working to document the violations to submit them to international organizations and the United Nations to hold them accountable.
Boudet pointed to the Turkish project and its attempts to resettle Syrian refugees in the North of the country, where Turkey occupies, and that it is far from international laws and Human Rights.
She added that women in Afrin contributed and participated in the establishment of democratic and participatory governance that could have changed the future of the region, and it is the first time that women participate in the formation of a leading model in the region in general, but the Turkish state has practiced gross violations against Afrin women.
“The crimes committed by the Turkish occupation against women in the occupied areas aren’t new matters, as their history is full of such violations, and to ensure accountability for the Turkish occupation and its affiliated groups, these violations must be documented in order to get international support,” she said.
“It is important to provide psychological support to people who have been subjected to violations in the occupied areas and to hold the Turkish occupation and its affiliated groups accountable at the international level, and it is also important to communicate with people who have been displaced from their regions such as Afrin, Ras Al-Ain and Tal Abyad to document the largest number of violations against humanity,” she said.
The seminar was continued to discuss and present views on the role of Syrian women at this stage and the possibility of unity their opinions in spite of their different sub-affiliations and that the common matter, which is the Syrian homeland, is not comparable to any other affiliation.
This seminar was one of the outcomes and results of the meeting of representatives of political parties belonging to the Syrian Democratic Council, which was held at the beginning of this month.