The contemporary Kurdistan freedom movement is a worldwide radical movement, originating in the Kurdish anti-colonial movement in Turkey in the 1970s, dedicated to democratic autonomy, ecology and women’s liberation. The Kurdistan freedom movement stretches across state borders to all four parts of Kurdistan, as well as organisation of Kurdish diaspora communities, such as in Europe and the Americas, and encompasses millions of people. It has given rise to the Rojava Revolution in North and East Syria, and large scale municipalist organising and massive democratic mobilisations in North Kurdistan (southeastern Turkey). People around the world are inspired by the movement and seek to learn lessons from one of the most powerful and influential revolutionary social movements of our time.
In this section you can learn about:
- the Kurds and Kurdistan;
- the founder of the contemporary Kurdish freedom movement, Abdullah Öcalan;
- the history of the Kurdistan freedom movement;
- the three pillars of the movement:
- the values of democratic confederalism;
- the movement’s commitment to women’s equality and liberation; and
- the importance of ecology within the movement.