More than a village, collective form of utopia: JINWAR

  • 10:58 5 March 2018
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Rojbin Ekin
AMÛDE - JINWAR is an alternative place for women being tried to grap in every sphere of life by patriarchy. The door of WINWAR is open to all women in the world and it is a utopia has made a reality.
Women have tried to create alternative places to create a living space away from masculine system. Women’s communes, villages, streets, formed living culture in Kenya, Nigeria or Mexico can be shown as alternatives for the women saying “there must be another life” against patriarchy.
Women’s village projects in the world have been turned into centers that isolate the women from the society and imprison them. El Samaha village in Egypt and Hiwarê Bazar village in India are just two of the villagers established under the control of the state. Men are forbidden to enter these villages and the children are taken from their mothers at certain age. The most discussed issue by women’s organizations is whether such kinds of these quests can be seen as alternative for all women.
JINWAR, the women’s village where the women taking place in the Rojava Revolution carry out their works with a systemic perspective not individual, is a space can be a model for the world. It not only brings the women together but also aims at building women’s system with a collective labor for production and life. JINWAR has another spirit even if it is in construction period.
On March 10, 2017, the women began to build the village. The women have already begun to apply to the village to live there.
Dicle: JINWAR is my home
Dicle, who decides to live in JINWAR, is 24 years old and she has three children. She was forced into marriage when she was 14 years old and she had a child when she was just a child. Dicle Feysal Ebdula is from Dirbesiye and she migrated to Southern Kurdistan when the civil war began in Syria. Dicle was subjected to violence during her 10 years marriage and she returned to Rojava after getting a divorce from her husband. Her ex-husband took her children away from her. Dicle’s dream is to live in JINWAR with her children. Dicle said, “JINWAR is my place, home and homeland. I feel safer here. I feel better here.”
17-year-old Maya is another woman choosing JINWAR as her home. Maya regards JINWAR as an education space, “I am here because I aim at being an organized and stronger woman. I believe that I will take the best lesson for life, history and future here. I will continue my uncompleted education here,” said Maya.
Siham Eli (45) came from Êtşanê neighboring village of JINWAR. Siham said working in JINWAR made her happy and she added, “If they give me a house in the future, I want to come and live here.”
School for children
An important part of the JINWAR project is for children. The children will have spaces for education and play. The children visit JINWAR every day. The children come to JINWAR even if the building of the school, par and playground hasn’t been completed yet.  Many children from nearby villages apply for Rumet School.
“We have a school project for children to have education until sixth grade. We decide the project to be until sixth grade for beginning. Most of the women wanting to live here have small children. They will have education until certain age. There are secondary schools and colleges in nearby villages they can have education there. We will educate the children and then send them outside,” said the women in JINWAR.
JINWAR project will be completed on November 25, 2018.