Student Author Information

Grace Ball, University of LynchburgFollow

Location

Sydnor Auditorium

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2022

Department

Political Science

Abstract

The question raised is, can women gain equality within the government, society, and culture due to their participation in militia units during times of revolution. This thesis evaluates the case study of Syrian Kurdish women fighters between the time frame 2011 to 2021. In particular the paper will analyze the Women’s Protection Unit which is composed of female Kurdish fighters, who fought against ISIS and the Syrian government. Previously, Kurdish women have a documented history of oppression due to their gender. In their society, culture, and government, females have been suppressed from equality. The study will analyze if women can alter their status in society through their participation in militia units. Based on the findings of this study, it may encourage further research and analysis that may promote the participation of females in future militia and military units. Through the research I hypothesize that women are able to gain rights and gender equality in society and their culture by participation in militias.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Richards Dr. Payerhin Dr. Sanders

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Apr 6th, 11:15 AM

The Impact of Female Militia Units on Women’s Rights in Society

Sydnor Auditorium

The question raised is, can women gain equality within the government, society, and culture due to their participation in militia units during times of revolution. This thesis evaluates the case study of Syrian Kurdish women fighters between the time frame 2011 to 2021. In particular the paper will analyze the Women’s Protection Unit which is composed of female Kurdish fighters, who fought against ISIS and the Syrian government. Previously, Kurdish women have a documented history of oppression due to their gender. In their society, culture, and government, females have been suppressed from equality. The study will analyze if women can alter their status in society through their participation in militia units. Based on the findings of this study, it may encourage further research and analysis that may promote the participation of females in future militia and military units. Through the research I hypothesize that women are able to gain rights and gender equality in society and their culture by participation in militias.