New World Summit—Rojava, part I
16-17 Oct. 2015, Dêrik, Canton Cizîrê, Rojava
II Gender Equality
Scottish National Party (SNP), Scotland
Women revolutionaries such as Sakine Cansiz played important roles within the revolutionary Kurdish movement from its very beginning and co-founded many of its organizations and institutions. The critique on patriarchy is one of the ideological foundations of the Rojava Revolution. Practically, the revolution has sought to enforce gender equality on all levels: from the sphere of politics, the economy and the need for self-defense.
Scottish independence is a political aim of some political parties, advocacy groups, and individuals in Scotland (which is a country of the United Kingdom) for the country to become an independent sovereign state. A national referendum was held in Scotland on 18 September 2014. Voters were asked to answer either “Yes” or “No” to the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” 55.3% of voters answered “No” and 44.7% answered “Yes”, with a voter turnout of 84.5%. A leading force in organizing the referendum was the Scottish National Party (Pàrtaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba, SNP), a Scottish nationalist and social- democratic political party in Scotland. The SNP supports and campaigns for Scottish independence. It is the third-largest political party by membership in the United Kingdom, as well as by overall representation in the House of Commons, behind the Labour Party and the Conservative Party, and is the largest party in Scotland, where it dominates both the Scottish Parliament and the country’s parliamentary delegation to the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Its leader, Nicola Sturgeon, is the current First Minister of Scotland. The SNP further has seats in municipalities, in the British parliament as well as the parliament of the European Union. Natalie McGarry is a Member of Parliament in Westminster for the Scottish National Party as a representative of Glasgow East. After studying Law, she has spent most of her working life in the voluntary sector. In the time leading up to the Referendum on Scottish Independence in 2014 she co-founded Women for Independence, an organization not only promoting Scottish Independence but also social equality and women’s participation in politics.
The New World Summit: Rojava, part I took place in the cultural centre Tev-Cand in Dêrik, canton Cizîrê, Rojava, 16-17 October 2015. The summit was chaired by Judy Osse. Natalie McGarry's lecture was translated by Ruken.