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Feminism part of curriculum in Democratic Federation of Northern Syria

Signal of change / Feminism part of curriculum in Democratic Federation of Northern Syria

By Anna Simpson / 16 Jan 2019

Education under the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, a semi-autonomous region established by Syrian Kurds - with the support of the US military to help fight ISIS, emphasises the equal rights of students of different ethnicities by preparing curricula in Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac languages. 


In September 2018, the  Training Committee in Democratic Society introduced into the curriculum 'Jineology': the science of women - from the Kurdish word 'jin' for 'woman' or 'life', and the Greek word 'logos' for 'reason'. 


The curriculum for the first grade is composed of four sections: gender, the nature of women, the identity of women in society, and the liberalization of sexual discrimination in society.



So what?

The democratic movement, also known as Rojava, has attracted attention for female militancy. Gender equality is written into the constitution: all administrative organs in the DFNS are required to have male and female co-chairs, and forty percent of the members of any governing body in the DFNS must be female.     The movement shows the power of education and shared belief in equality and human rights to bring people together across ethnicity and gender, with affirmative action as a guiding principle.    Will other oppressed groups rise to power through a shared belief in freedom and equality? 


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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