Kobanî (Kobanê / Ayn al-Arab)

Kobanî (also Kobanê, Arabic: كوباني‎, Classical Syriac: ܟܘܒܐܢܝ‎), officially Ayn al-Arab, is a city in the Kobani region of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. It lies on the border with Turkey.

Kobani was the place where the Rojava Revolution was first declared on 19 July, 2012.

In 2014, it was declared the administrative centre of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. It is in the Kobani Canton, which forms part of the Euphrates Region.

From September 2014 to January 2015, the city was under siege by Daesh [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]. Most of the city was destroyed and most of the population fled to Turkey. In 2015, the city was liberated by the People’s Protection Forces (YPG), despite most of the world expecting it to fall. Kobani is sometimes called “The Kurdish Stalingrad” because of this. Many of the refugees returned after the liberation and reconstruction began. Part of the city remains in rubble as an open air museum.

Prior to the Syrian Civil War, Kobanî was recorded as having a population of close to 45,000. The majority of inhabitants were Kurds, with Arab, Turkmen, and Armenian minorities.

Translation: Administrative Divisions Law

In preparation for the forthcoming municipal elections in NES, planned for 11th of June [now postponed to 8 August, 2024], the DAANES passed a new law defining the administrative divisions of the NES region. This follows the DAANES’ publication of the new Social Contract in December 2023.

Turkish airstrikes deprive 600 villages of water in Syria’s Kobani

On Jan. 14, Turkey targeted the two stations in Kobani and Ain Issa by drones, knocking them out of service.

Access to kindergarten increases women’s labor force participation in NE Syria

The kindergartens opened in the Euphrates Canton of North and East Syria by the Women's Council aim to increase women’s labor force participation and provide safe and healthy spaces to children.

Upcoming elections, the new Social Contract and political system changes – interview with Kobane Autonomous Administration officials.

In Kobane city, RIC spoke with Ferhan Haji Issa, co-chair of the Executive Council of the Euphrates Canton, Rewshan Abdi, co-chair of Kobane Municipality, and Mohamed Hamdan al-Mohamed, co-chair of the People’s Council of the Euphrates Canton, regarding the current situation in Kobane, the system changes contained in the new Social Contract and the upcoming municipal elections.

Women from Rojava are also leading in the economic field

With 78 cooperatives, women also play a leading role in building a solidarity economy in Rojava. The construction of the economy takes place under war conditions.

Kongra Star provides employment opportunity to women

The Economy Committee of the Kongra Star have put many projects into practice in Kobanê Canton to promote women’s economic empowerment. 150 women have participated in the labor force thanks to these projects.

Model organization for all women: Kongra Star [parts 9 and 10]

Women in Rojava improve economy Pointing out that the women have improved the economy in Rojava, Armanc Mihemed, executive of the Economy Committee of Kongra Star, said that they have achieved significant successes by realizing many projects.

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.

Economic Autonomy Ensured in Kobanê through Young Peoples’ Co-operatives

Young people in Kobanê are ensuring the economic autonomy of their community through cooperatives being grown to feed needy people.

Kurdish-led Authorities Establish Foodstuff Factory in Syria’s Kobani after Ba’ath Regime’s Decades-long Ban

The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration in northeast Syria announced on Thursday the inauguration of the first foodstuff factory in the country’s northern town of Kobani.

“Women’s Will” provides job opportunities for women

A project called “Women’s Will (Vîna Jinan)” carried out in Kobanî provides job opportunities for women, who couldn’t go to school. Kobanî Women's Committee Spokesperson Cemila Faris spoke to NuJINHA about their project.

“Vina Jin” is a New Economic Project to Empower Women of Kobani

House of Supplies or "Vina Jin" is considered one of the most important economic projects that help women - working in the project in particular, and women employed in the city of Kobani, in northern Syria in general - to enable them economically.