The Women's Economy Committee in Amuda district opened a market for vegetables and foodstuffs to break the price and monopoly.
Kongra Star, which means “Star Congress” (in reference to the ancient Mesopotamian goddess, Ishtar), is the congress of the women’s movement in North and East Syria. It was first established in 2004 as Yêkitiya Star (Star Union), an underground organization that sought to organize women at a time of Ba’ath regime dominance over the area. Kongra Star operates on the basis of confederalism, with organizations, committees, and unions participating. Its vision is “to develop a free Rojava, a democratic Syria, and a democratic Middle East by promoting women’s freedom and the concept of the democratic nation.” In many ways it acts as the corresponding autonomous women’s body to TEV-DEM (Movement for a Democratic Society, the umbrella body for civil society).
Thanks to the primarily-Kurdish female fighters in the YPJ militia, many people now know that a women’s revolution is underway in North and East Syria (NES), the autonomous region more commonly known as Rojava. Women are organizing autonomously in civil society, and participating as co-chairs with guaranteed 50% representation from the highest levels of the new
In the following I will give a short insight about my experiences during the time with the economic committee of the cantons of Qamişlo and Hasakah in Rojava, North-East Syria. I will especially focus on the cooperative economy that is being built up in Rojava. As a second step, I will discuss to what extend
In northern and eastern Syria, women are building collective production facilities. This democratizes the economy. Dicle Ezda of the women's association Kongreya Star gives an insight into the developments in an ANF interview.
After the conference, the Administrator of the Women's Economics Committee said that women's economy always seeks to open horizons and spaces for women to develop their economy and create social solidarity work among women.
Project mangers said that their work will be expanded to produce yogurt, pepper and tomato paste and added that products will be sold and profit shared among women.
This evening, the work of the second conference on the economy of women in northeastern Syria held at Rojava University in Qamishlo city under the slogan "Economy Is Women, Women Are the Source of Society" concluded with a series of decisions that are in the interest of women and the development of their economy.
Women's movement Kongreya Star is a motor for the development of women's cooperation and the economic independence of women in North and East Syria.
Jin War, the home of women from all over the world, where all components [from different ethnic backgrounds] women from northeastern Syria, the north and south of Kurdistan and a number of countries of the world came together to establish a common life without borders, a normal life, rich in science and the privacy of women. The village has accomplished many projects in a year, as well as a number of projects have been put into the future action plan.
The case of Manbij, liberated from ISIS by the SDF in August 2016, shows how women in a multi-ethnic Syrian city used AANES [the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria] frameworks to build institutions, take on leadership roles, and organize in their communities to change discriminatory attitudes.
Women in northern and eastern Syria were able to regain their identity and return to their communal life when they were managing the affairs of society, especially the economy, so they fought in the economic sphere and contributed to the establishment of several projects to advance the local economy and achieve self-sufficiency and thus benefit both themselves and society.