Afrin-Shehba Women’s Assembly has been developing and realizing projects for women, who were forcibly displaced from Afrin to Shahba in 2018 due to the occupation of the Turkish state and Turkish-backed factions. Aiming to promote women’s economic empowerment, the assembly has opened two kindergartens, a restaurant named ‘Jiyan’ and a tailor workshop in Shahba since 2018. NuJINHA spoke to Emîne Mele Hesen, chairperson of the assembly, and women carrying out the projects of the assembly.
Five years ago, thousands were forcibly displaced from Afrin due to the occupation of the Turkish state. “Displaced people have faced many challenges especially due to the siege imposed by the Syrian government. Despite everything, displaced women keep resisting. We aim to empower displaced women economically by developing and realizing projects. The aim of the projects is to support these women against high prices and poverty,” said Emîne Mele Hesen.
Speaking about the projects that have been put into practice by the assembly, she said, “We opened two kindergartens in the Serdem and Berxwedan IDPs camps in Shahba. These kindergartens aim to support working mothers. We also opened a restaurant named ‘Jiyan (English: Life)’ to provide financial support to displaced women. All employees of the restaurant are displaced women cooking traditional foods. The aim of these projects is to promote women’s economic empowerment. In addition, we opened a tailor workshop with the support of the Afrin Liberation Association. We had to close the workshop because we suffered from the lack of materials due to the siege. However, we plan to reopen it soon.”