Kurdish human rights

In the evening host an event at Parliament – with a number of pretty high power speakers – about human rights issues for Kurdish women in Turkey. The event was titled “Ongoing Violence Against Kurdish Women in Turkey; What the EU-Turkey Accession Talks Offer Women”.

Estelle from the Peace in Kurdistan campaign had approached me to host the event – and the speakers included: Sehnaz Turan – a Kurdish human rights lawyer based in Istanbul; Baroness Helena Kennedy; Margret Owen a barrister and adviser to KHRP; Monireh Moftizadeh – founder member of Kurdish Women’s Project who worked om the Kurdish women’s charter and MEPs Jean Lambert and Sarah Ludford – and me!

Kurdish women in Turkey are fighting on two fronts for their freedoms and rights – both rights for women and for Kurds.