" Jin - Jiyan - Azadi " (women, life, freedom) - The female Kurdish freedom fighters


2017 - Jury


It is said that dying at the hands of a woman deters a martyr from entering paradise!

Approximately one third of all Kurdish fighters in Rojava (Western Kurdistan) are women. Unafraid of death and fulfilled by their passion for their homeland and their love for their families and people, these women muster up the courage to face ISIS in Syria. One of their most recent victories includes the recapturing of the city of Kobane, in Northern Syria. At home, they are celebrated as heroes. These women refuse the patriarchal view that regards women as objects. Viewed, most of the time, from a military and ideological perspective, one could describe the current Kurdish feminist movement as the world’s strongest movement on behalf of the rights of women.


About the artist

Sonja Hamad est née en 1986 à Damas, en Syrie, de parents Yezidi Kurdes. À l’âge de trois ans, sa famille s’installe dans une petite ville en Allemagne. En vue de l’obtention de son diplôme de photographie à Berlin, elle présente un projet de portraits qui amorce sa quête sur l’identité culturelle et devient désormais le sujet moteur de son travail.