Derbesiye‎ (Dirbêsiyê / Al-Darbasiyah)

Derbesiye, officially Al-Darbasiyah (Arabic: الدرباسية‎, Kurdish: Dirbêsiyê‎, Classical Syriac: ܕܪܒܐܣܝܐ‎) is part of the Al-Hasakah Canton in the Jazira Region of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. It lies on the Turkish border.

According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Darbasiyah had a population of 8,551 in the 2004 census. The majority of the residents are Kurds with a large Arab and a smaller Assyrian community.

Women Rise from Adversity to Celebrate Women’s Movement in North and East Syria

Women from all parts of North and East Syria held events to celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021, despite economic hardship, military occupation, and instability. These events represent only a few of the hundreds of gatherings and commemorations that have occurred.

Women’s Toil Eases Burdens of Economic Crisis

Despite the simple capabilities under the capitalist economy, and the constant attacks of the occupier on the regions of northeast and Syria, the economic toil of women has bore fruit to good results during 2020, as they played a leading role in easing the economic crisis that the region suffer from.

Revolution and Co-operatives: thoughts about my time with the Economic Committee in Rojava

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

Autonomous Administration Restores Water Supply in Heseke

After a three-week interruption of the water supply in Greater Heseke by Turkey and allied militias, the autonomous administration was able to partially restore the supply through a well drilling program.

Women’s Economy Strengthened through Co-operatives in Cizire

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.

Lavin Sewing Workshop Co-op in Rojava Provides 500 Medical Scrubs Daily for Free

In the context of the community initiatives undertaken by the people of northern and eastern Syria, “Lavin” sewing workshop produces 500 pieces of medical scrubs on a daily basis as an aid to doctors and hospitals.

How North and East Syria’s Co-operatives and Autonomous Structures Handle a Pandemic

North and East Syria faces serious challenges in the fight against COVID-19. 600,000 IDPs and refugees live in camps across the region, their situation already precarious without a pandemic. Ongoing attacks by Turkish forces, Turkey-backed militias, and ISIS complicate the security situation and threaten essential civilian infrastructure like water lines. According to the Rojava Information Center,

Women’s Village Jinwar is Two Years Old

The second anniversary of the building of the women’s village in Rojava, Jinwar was celebrated with great enthusiasm on Wednesday.

Explainer: Kongra Star, the Women’s Congress

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).

Jin War, a Salvation Home from Masculine Mentality

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.

Şîfa Jin: We want to defend the health of society

“Natural medicine is more than just herbs. We want to defend the health of society,” says the healing and health centre in women’s village Jinwar in northern Syria.

Kurdish Women are Working the Land to Achieve Financial Independence

Women have come together to help each other find work.

Market to Secure Jobs for Women Brings Prices Down

The Women's Economy Committee in Amuda district opened a market for vegetables and foodstuffs to break the price and monopoly.

The Ecology of War

The ideology of the Kurdish liberation movement contemplates ecologism as one of its fundamental pillars. Even so, owing to nine years of war, barriers remain to its implementation.

The Advance of Women’s Economic Projects and Co-operatives in Rojava’s Cizire Canton in 2016

The year 2016 was characterised by the advance of economic projects that aimed to improve the communal economy in Rojava, especially the projects that were connected to women.