Syrian Kurds give women equal rights, snubbing jihadists

Kurdish women attend a funeral for a Kurdish Women's Protection Unit (YPJ) fighter who died fighting in the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, on November 7, 2014The local government in a majority Kurdish area of Syria has passed a decree granting women equal rights in what a monitoring group called “an affront” to discriminatory jihadist moves. Last year, Syria’s Kurds created autonomous governments in the three regions where they are a majority, establishing self-proclaimed rule. The decree, passed by the leaders of the Al-Jazira canton — officially Hasakeh province — stipulates that women have the right to equal labour rights, including pay. “Polygamy is forbidden,” the decree states, adding that women have the same right to bear witness in court as men, and that they have full inheritance rights.

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