Women in Qamishlo Open Yekbûn Co-operative

This is a translation of an Arabic article by Murad Kinda that first appeared on Hawar News on 17 November, 2017.

A food manufacturing co-operative society called Yekbûn has been opened by some women in the Hilaliyah neighbourhood in Qamishlo [Qamişlo / Qamishli / Al-Qamishli]. Yekbûn means “to be one”.

There are four women in the co-operative, and they make food in the house of one of the members. The women work with faith and spirit, relying on a communal way of life.

Sawsan Ali, a member of Yekbûn Co-operative Society, said, “Our stance here is a response to the violence that is being practised regularly against women. We will not allow a return to a time when it was normal for women’s rights to be breached, we will develop our co-operative through will power and serious work.”