Portraits Of The PKK
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or the P.K.K, is a Kurdish separatist organization and long designated as terrorists by the United States and the European Union. The party’s armed struggle to create an independent Kurdistan has lasted more than a quarter-century and cost 40,000 lives. A large number of its fighters are women who adhere to a disciplined, ascetic lifestyle. But they enjoy freedom and gender equality within the organization that is lacking in their lives outside of the PKK where Kurdish women live in intensely patriarchal society and can be subject to domestic violence or even “honor killings."