The Kurdish Movement : Towards Democratic Confederalism and Kurdish Feminism to Liberate a Society
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This project examines the existing literature surrounding the issues in Kurdistan, the Kurdish people, and the Kurdish Workers' Party (referred to as the PKK). Intertwined with the discussion on this topic, there is a number of different analyses surrounding the Kurdish Worker's Party and the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) through the examination of capitalism, nationalism, feminism, and terrorism. The complex dynamics surrounding these topics and the application of them within the PKK and the YPJ are explored throughout this paper and analyze the different discourses surrounding them, both separately and in comparison with one another. The paper begins with background information from multiple sources in order to provide the audience with a general understanding of these organizations and their ideologies. Following these background histories, there is discussion on the application of these ideologies within the organizations and how they aim to combat previously held ideas of society and political frameworks that shape the governmental structures that regulate a group of people. The examination of the revolution in Kurdistan through feminism and the guiding principles of democratic confederalism are demonstrated through the YPJ and certain autonomous regions of Kurdistan today. This information is relevant due to the movements currently taking place not just in Kurdistan, but the movements happening all around the globe by underrepresented populations and the governments working to silence them. This paper thus concludes with insights on what an autonomous Kurdistan would look like after implementing democratic confederalism into their society, as well as what current things are being done both in fighting for it, as well as against it.