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    FEMINIST FABRICS

    Kurdish Men Politicize Fashion

    They don drag to address region’s gender inequality.

    For Kurdish men, feminism is in style. Last April, activists Masoud Fathi and Dler Kamangar launched Kurd Men for Equality, a Facebook campaign in which men don traditional Kurdish female clothing. The campaign, which serves to champion feminism and challenge the Iranian regime, took off after Iranian courts sentenced a man convicted of domestic abuse to dress in women’s wear. It has since garnered more than 17,000 Facebook likes. As Fathi says, “Women are part of our personality, our character. If we oppress one part of our character, we oppress ourselves.”  

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    VIOLENCE

    Three Kurdish Women Killed in Paris

    Militant leader reportedly among the dead.

    Three Kurdish women were found shot to death in Paris early Thursday morning. Among the dead, sources said, was a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a militant group fighting for Kurdish autonomy, and another victim was reported to be the Paris representative of the Brussels-based Kurdistan National Congress. The bodies were found at the Information Center of Kurdistan in the city center, and police have launched a murder investigation. Police and other sources said the women were likely killed overnight—and the slayings are reportedly politically motivated. The PKK, designated a terrorist group by the U.S., Turkey, and the European Union, has been engaged in a 28-year war for independence from Turkey—and the Turkish government recently acknowledged holding talks with the organization’s jailed leader.

    Read it at The Daily Beast