Syrian Kurdish women march to end gender-based violence

Hundreds of female protesters took to the streets of the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on Sunday (November 25th) to call for an end to violence against women, AFP reported.

They marched through the streets with some banging large drums and others ululating.

"Underage marriage is a crime," said one sign held up by a protester, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

"We must take part in this day in large numbers," said Hanifa Mohammed, 47.

"Women must organise and reach decision-making positions," she said. "They must determine their future."

Women of all ages carried the portraits of fighters in the Women's Protection Units (YPJ), the all-female branch of the Syrian Kurdish militia.

Syria's Kurds pride themselves in promoting equality of the sexes even in combat.

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