An experiment for a better life is under way
The Rojava Revolution lays down tracks to building a better, more democratic and more feminist society
Source: Business Day https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2018-03-05-an-experiment-for-a-better-life-is-under-way/
Sisters in arms: A Yazidi woman in the Kurdish forces. Women play a central role in the Rojava Revolution and there are women-only militias called Women’s Protection Units. Picture: REUTERS
The world is facing an economic crisis on a scale last seen in the 1930s. It has resulted in living conditions and incomes of workers and poor people — and increasingly the middle class — being eroded by governments through austerity and by businesses through rationalisations and wage freezes.
Like the 1930s, this crisis is triggering the rise of extreme right-wing regimes and right-wing populism. It is also resulting in an increase in global conflict and threats of war, with Syria a key example.
But in the heart of the raging war that is Syria, there is a glimmer of hope.
In the north of Syria bordering Turkey and Iraq, the Kurdish and Arab people who live there have used the vacuum in power created by the war to try to build a better, more democratic and more feminist society. This experiment is known as the Rojava Revolution. It is the outcome of a struggle by the Kurdish people for national liberation but it has gone beyond this and become an experiment to create an alternative to a society that produces for profit.