The 6th annual Congress of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took place this past weekend in the Kurdish-majority city of Rimêlan in the Kurdish region of Syria. More than 600 delegates from the three cantons of Rojava attended, as well as 300 delegates from Kurdish political parties in Iraq, Turkey, Iran and the rest of the world.
Celebrating Martyrs, Especially Women
In a speech given at the event, PYD co-chair Asya Abdullah honored those who sacrificed their lives fighting for the freedom of Rojava. She also thanked the “martyrs” and gave them credit for creating and organizing a PYD Congress with such large participation as has become possible today. Pointing to the role of women in Rojava Revolution, Asya Abdullah said
The resistance in the body of [Women’s Protection Units] YPJ and women’s liberation movement has made history and constitutes an example of women’s resistance against the male-dominant mentality in Kurdistan.
Abdullah saluted the resistance of all Kurdish forces, and all those who supported the Rojava Revolution — the aim of which is to build a Democratic Syria and a free life against all ill will. “We believe our congress held with the participation of delegations will ensure the building of a Democratic Syria,” she added.
Bringing Kurds Together
An estimated nine hundred delegates were in attendance at the Congress, and came from countries including Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and the rest of the world. In attendance were representatives from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Iraq, and from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party in Turkey.
Following Asya Abdullah’s speech, PYD co-chair Salih Müslim saluted the participants in Kurdish, Arabic and English.[To Read More, Visit WKI]