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Rise in violence against women sounds alarm in Rojava: women’s board

  2021-07-12  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Women’s Board of the Autonomous Administration of North East of Syria during a press conference about the rise in violence against women in northeast of Syria knownas Rojava, Syria, July 11, 2021. Photo by AANES Executive Board
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The spike in violence against women has raised alarm in northeast of Syria known as Rojava since the outset of 2021 as a woman board is calling for actions, especially after two “honor” killings in past few days.

About 666 instances of violence against woman were reported in the same time span, including twenty-five murders and seven suicides, Women’s Board of the Autonomous Administration of North East of Syria said in a statement.

The board ascribed the rise in gender-based violence to the “COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence, Caesar Act (imposed sanctions by the US on the Syrian regime), the absence of a unified women’s law in the north and east of Syria to protect and preserve their rights.”

The poverty was one of the factors “as a result of the unjust siege on the Autonomous Administration areas from inside and outside the Syrian borders.” the board said. 

On July 6, a father killed his 16-year-old daughter after she was raped by her cousin more than one year ago. Her brothers have also killed her baby, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). 

On July 1, SOHR reported that armed tribesmen killed a minor girl from their own tribe under the claim of “honor crime” after she had abandoned her home with her boyfriend who his proposals of marriage have been rejected several times by her family. 

The Women board appealed to the UN, UNSC and human rights organizations “to consider the Syrian situation in general and the Autonomous Administration in particular as a result of the siege imposed on it from inside and outside Syria.”

The Rojava border areas remain closed to direct aids by the UN and other human rights agencies after the UNSC extended a cross-border aid operation through Bab la-Hawa in Turkish-backed rebel-held Idlib near the southern Turkish borders. 

(Zhyan English)