THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS
Saturday, April 4
Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Doors open for registration at 9:30am; conference finishes at 5:30pm. Organised by the Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society-Australia, Kurdish Women’s League of Victoria, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney) & Australians for Kurdistan
The Kurdish freedom movement: Fighting for feminism, democracy & ethnic & religious pluralism
Behrouz Boochani, the celebrated Kurdish refugee from Iran, has described the liberated territory of Rojava in northern Syria as ‘the most progressive and democratic system in the history of the Middle East’.
Rojava has won admiration around the world for its heroic resistance to the brutal Islamic State and its commitment to feminism, grassroots democracy, and ethnic and religious pluralism. The Kurdish freedom movement has been the backbone of this struggle. The Kurdish movement is also fighting for these same ideals in Turkey and Iran where the Kurdish people suffer heavy oppression.
The acknowledged leader of the Kurdish movement is Abdullah Öcalan, the founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), incarcerated by Turkey in harsh conditions since 1999. Öcalan’s ideas, developed in prison, have inspired millions and are being realised in liberated Rojava.
Conference opening & welcome to country
Plenary panel: The Kurdish people’s struggle against oppression — the situation in Turkey, Syria, Sinjar & Iran.
Plenary panel: Reportback from the delegation to the recent Kurdish solidarity conference & march for Öcalan in Europe.
1. People’s power in Rojava: Democracy, feminism, ecology & pluralism.
2. Democratic confederalism: What it means.
Plenary panel: What is to be done? Building support for the Kurdish struggle, freeing Abdullah Öcalan, lifting the ban on the PKK …