Women’s Voice for Peace Video-Documentary Series
As part of the project, five video documentaries were created, each directed and produced by female journalists and directors. These documentaries shed light on the political, civil society, legal, and artistic challenges faced by Kurdish women.
- A life dedicated to peace: Aysel Tuğluk
How much do we really know about Aysel Tuğluk, who evolved from a young lawyer and human rights defender to one of the powerful female figures of Kurdish politics? The video-documentary “Aysel”, produced by journalist Mehveş Evin and director Nesrin Ölmez as part of the “Women’s Voice for Peace” project, focuses on Tuğluk’s life and her struggle in politics.
Aysel Tuğluk, who was arrested when she was the deputy co-chair of the HDP, gradually drifted into dementia after the racist attack on her mother’s funeral. She was released in October 2022 after two years, despite a report by independent organizations stating that she “could not stay in prison.” Aysel Tuğluk’s story is told with anecdotes and reflections by fellow companions, such as Eren Keskin, Sırrı Süreyya Önder, Reyhan Yalçındağ and Ahmet Türk.
- Truth, determination, courage, hope: Eren Keskin
Eren Keskin has been defending human rights in Turkey for decades without compromising despite the threats and attacks she has been subjected to. Her struggle is characterized by truth, determination, courage and hope. This film produced by journalist Ayşegül Doğan and director Nesrin Ölmez, which focuses on the life of Eren Keskin, co-founder of the Legal Aid Office against Sexual Harassment and Rape in Custody and Co-Chair of IHD, also refreshes the memory of Turkey’s recent political history.
Eren Keskin, who suffered two armed attacks, was threatened and lynched almost every day on social media, had a total of 143 lawsuits against her, and was sentenced to 26 years and 9 months in prison, says, “Many people ask why you don’t give up when you have been through so much” and adds: “I always define the struggle for human rights as our debt to our dead ones. It is as if they are watching us from somewhere and telling us not to give up.”
- Rosa – For our rights and our lives
The Rosa Women’s Association was established in 2018, building upon the years of determined struggle for freedom by Kurdish women.
In this video-documentary by filmmaker and feminist video-activist Güliz Sağlam, we witness the story of women struggling for their rights and lives, trying to fill the void left by the trustee’s closure of women’s solidarity and counseling centers by creating a space where they can come together once again.
The inspiring journey of Fatma Taşlı Tunç unfolds as she shares her life through the medium of poetry. Having taught herself to read and write, Tunç poignantly expresses her family struggles, desires, and rebellions in her verses. Her poetry primarily centers around the lives of Kurdish women, capturing their experiences and realities. In addition to her poetic expression, Tunç hosts a program called ‘Jiyana Dayikan (Women’s Lives)’ on Jin TV, where she further explores and highlights the stories of women.
In a remarkable film directed by Fatma Çelik, we have the privilege to follow Tunç’s life as it beautifully intertwines with her heartfelt poetry, offering a captivating glimpse into her world and the profound impact of her art.
The Diyarbakır Bar Association Women’s Rights Centre has earned commendable achievements in both the local region and Turkey as a whole. Playing an essential role in violence against women trials, the Centre advocates for justice mechanisms to consider a woman’s perspective and to approach the trials with a gender-based and political framework. The Centre not only contributes to the advancement of women’s rights but also serves as an inspiration for young women lawyers. This video-documentary titled “Women, Life, Justice”, prepared by film producer and director Ekin Çalışır, follows the struggle of Gülizar Karaman and Rozerin Yıldız, who were supported by the Diyarbakır Bar Association Women’s Rights Centre.
“It was both deeply impactful and highly inspiring to witness the dedication of these women who have been persistently fighting for women’s rights and peace for such an extended period. Being involved in this project holds immense significance for me, and I take great pride in knowing that Operation 1325 has provided support for this endeavor.”
Project Manager / Organizational Development Director
“The project’s outcomes are truly remarkable and serve as a testament to the tremendous amount of effort invested in it.”
Director of Operation 1325
“Journalism has become increasingly challenging, particularly during this period. Expressing ourselves and addressing issues related to women, rights, and equality have become even more difficult. We often struggle to find platforms for such stories. Therefore, having the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary project fills me with immense pride. Working on film production has been a transformative experience for me. Through this project, we not only amplify the voices of women but also give space for Kurdish women to share their contributions to peacebuilding and their ongoing struggles in politics. I couldn’t be happier.”