Stateless Democracy: How the Kurdish Women Movement Liberated Democracy from the State
Kurdish Women's Movement
Chaired by: Maria Hlavajova (BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht)
Dilar Dirik is an activist of the Kurdish Women’s Movement and a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department of the University of Cambridge. Her work examines the role of women in the Kurdish liberation movement, by comparing the ways in which the commitment to gender equality of different Kurdish parties is related to their stance on institutions of power.
This lecture addresses the role of the Kurdish Women’s Movement in emancipating the project of national liberation within Kurdistan. Dirik will specifically address how the Kurdish Women’s Movement opposes the violence of states, but also that of male patriarchal domination. Understanding the overarching systematic oppression of society as perpetuated by the capitalist, nation-state-oriented, dominant world order, has brought the Kurdish Women’s Movement in opposition of the concept of the state. Here, the state is seen as a replication of patriarchal relations, which they believe can only be undermined through principled gender equality in radical democratic confederalism beyond power, nationalism and the state.
The New World Summit: Stateless State took place at the Royal Flemish Theater in Brussels, Belgium, 19-21 September 2014