Communal economy in Rojava formed by women’s effort

QAMISHLO – In Rojava, women, who are the pioneer of life, are making significant achievements in the field of economy. While many cooperatives have been opened with projects built by Kongreya Star Economy Committee, women form communal economy by take their places in working life as part of these cooperatives.

Being the pioneers of change, transformation and creativity, women always protect their labor and history. Women’s economy is a part of this history. Rojava women are forming their economy with their effort. Member of Qamishlo Kongreya Star Economy Committee Sebah Ibrahîm told their a-year work to our gazette. Sebah noted that they began their works with 100 women by forming agricultural cooperatives in Navkure village of Qamishlo and continued, “We also formed a livestock cooperative in Gir Sor village and there are 32 women in this cooperative. Now, we are starting to get the product of this works.”

‘Women improve the economy in Rojava’

Sebah pointed out women’s role in the communal economy and said, “Women, who took the initiative in change, transformation and creativity in history and now they are leading women’s economy in Rojava by improving it. There is a clothing workshop in Qamishlo and the most women work in this workshop. We have a similar cooperative in Hilêliyê Neighborhood and 10 women are working in this cooperative. We also have a refectory cooperative in Dirbêsiyê and a bakery in Dêrîk. Lastly, we opened a bakery in Beroj village and 17 women work in this bakery.

‘We form a market for women to sell their products’

Sebah noted that cooperative works were important and continued her speech: “We form milk cooperative based on the livestock cooperative. At the same time, we formed a cooperative in Qamishlo in which women make yoghurt and cheese. Before, women sold cheese and yogurt by going from house to house. This project ended this and we form a market in Enteriyê Neighborhood for women to sell their products. Our aim is to create a women’s economy with these cooperative.”

Emel Yûsif Xelîl said she was working in the refectory with six women in Qamishlo and they prepared food on orders from organizations. Emel also said, “Women are successful in all works. Therefore, they don’t look to men by protecting their rights and labor.”