A women’s village – level 3
Jinwar’s a village in the Kurdish region in northeast Syria where a group of women displaced by war and domestic violence found a safe refuge and rebuilt their lives.
Jinwar means ‘women’s space’ in the Kurdish language. The village was built in 2018, and it has 30 houses hosting 20 families of women and children. Jinwar has a school, a training academy, a bakery, and fields cultivated by women. Men aren’t allowed to live in Jinwar; however, they can visit their relatives living there. Boys who live with their mothers can stay in the village until they get married.
The head of the village says women and children are always the victims in conflicts like the civil war that broke out in 2011. Women in the village spend their days working and evenings singing and dancing. Many say that they have goals and ambitions, and they can live their lives without any interference from anyone or without being controlled. They become stronger and they aren’t viewed as being confined to the household and its duties anymore.
Difficult words: interference (getting involved annoyingly), confine (to keep or restrict someone).
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What kind of activities do the women in Jinwar participate in to gain strength and reclaim their own narratives?
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