On International Women’s Day, the 8th of March, Zhyan group, a Suleymaniah based network of Women Right’s organizations WADI is a founding member of, organized a couple of protests and demonstrations.
They first gathered in Said Sadeek, a town south of Suleymaniah, to commemorate two girls, who recently became victims of a so called honor killing. Thousands of women in Iraqi-Kurdistan were killed during the last decade, Zyhan criticized, while the Government does not investigate properly. Although the Kurdish Parliament issued a progressive law against all fors of domestic violence in 2011 polive and prosecutors do fail to implement it. Therefore Zyan blamed the Government of beong responsible for the killings. In January they submitted a list of demands to the Government how to combat so called honor killings and other forms of violence against women, but till now not even got a reply..
In the afternoon Zyan called for a protest march in Suleymaniah. Hundreds of demonstrators joined while members of various organizations and MPs gave speeches.