An Important Project Develops Women’s Economy

Şehîd Sakîne Eseliye Workshop

The Şehîd Sakîne Eseliye Workshop is a women’s co-operative in Manbij. In 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic it is making masks for members of local security forces who must be outside despite the pandemic.

This report by Salwa Abdurahman was published by Hawar News on 14 November, 2018. It has been lightly edited here for readability.

The Women’s Committee of the Civil Democratic Administration in Manbij started working on the sewing workshop which was named on behalf of the Martyr Sakina Asalieh.

The male mentality that governed the societies excluded the woman, who discovered industry and agriculture from the economic field. However, after Rojava Revolution, which is known as the revolution of women, women have begun to play their leading role in all fields, especially economic ones. The women of Manbij also did not hesitate to play their role, especially after liberating their city from IS mercenaries.

The Women’s Committee of the Democratic Civil Administration in Manbij and its countryside started the opening of several projects, including the sewing workshop named “Sakina Asaliya“, where the committee completed the preparations this week.

25 workers are in the workshop for 7 hours a day, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. According to the workers’ supervisors, the cost of the workshop reached approximately 10 million SP.

The supervisor Fatima Hamdo pointed out that the preparations for the opening of the workshop ended this week and the workers, whose number is 25, started working. She noted that there are many specialties within the operators. The wages of the workers vary between 60,000 and 70,000 SP.

Fatima confirmed that the work is being done to the fullest in the workshop, although it is still in its initial stages.

The Supervisor on the project, Fatima Hamdo, noted that these projects contribute to raising women’s economic level and provide job opportunities for women who have been excluded from the economic field, and women through these projects can rely on themselves.

Fatima Hussein, who works on the workshop’s plotting machine, pointed out that these projects provide employment opportunities for women and contribute to raising their economic level.