Support for Leyla Güven of huge “Non una di meno!” demonstration and transnational meeting against feminicides

On March 30 a big demonstration took place in Verona against the “World Family Congress” dominated by right-wing and ultra-conservative forces. Instead of the expected 20,000 people, more than 120,000 people took part in the demonstration, which moved loudly and creatively throughout Verona. On 31 March, a transnational meeting was held with some 300 women and feminists to discuss common action against feminicides and violence against women.

Representatives of the Kurdish women’s movement spoke about the struggle of Kurdish women against feminicide and stressed that feminicide is political and can only be solved by a border-crossing, common struggle against the globally acting patriarchate. She addressed the situation of Leyla Güven and the other hunger strikers in Turkish prisons and worldwide, who are also part of the struggle against patriarchy. The hunger strike is directed against the patriarchal system, which is based on destruction, warmongering, oppression and isolation-separation and advocates the facilitation of a new peace process. For this an end of Öcalan’s isolation is the prerequisite, which can also break through the isolation of the political prisoners and the Kurdish society. The speech was concluded with thunderous applause and the assembly sent its greetings to the hunger strikers.