Bethnahrin National Council praises role of Syriac–Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean women in liberatory struggle on International Women’s Day 

BETH NAHRIN — The Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) released a statement on International Women’s Day celebrating Syriac–Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean women, applauding their ongoing struggle for freedom and social equality.

“On International Women’s Day, 8 March, the struggle to eliminate the barbaric colonial mentality was developed,” read the statement. “Struggle for salvation and freedom, which began in 19th century with the struggle of toilers, continues to illuminate the path of women and oppressed peoples.”

The statement highlighted the powerful voices of Syriac–Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean women in Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia) and the diaspora who continue to demonstrate their national identity and rich heritage to the world. It emphasized that the cooperation of both men and women is crucial in upholding democratic values and the philosophy of free and dignified living, as well as achieving the demands of the people through organized struggle.

Furthermore, the MUB emphasized the important role of women in the struggle for unity between denominations of the Syriac–Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean people. They stressed that women’s empowerment can be achieved through resistance and knowledge and pointed to the numerous Syriac–Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean women throughout history who have assumed leadership positions in community institutions and played a significant role in development and progress.

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The statement highlighted the Bethnahrin Women’s Union (Huyodo d’Neshe d’Bethnahrin, HNB) as an excellent example of a women’s organization which has made a clear impact in the struggle for the rights of the Syriac–Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean people. The MUB recognized that the struggle of Syriac–Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean women teaches their people to rebel against policies of denial and marginalization, and that developing values of freedom and decent living under MUB leadership will enable their people to achieve their progressive democratic values and contribute to ridding the Middle East of backwards thinking.

Finally, the statement stressed the importance of women’s organizations having decision-making power in national struggles and the building of a progressive society. Overall, the MUB’s statement is a powerful message of support and recognition for Syriac–Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean women and their continued fight for freedom and equality.

The statement closed with:

“We extend our warmest congratulations to all women whose strength stem from history of hardworking women’s struggle.  

Long live struggle of Syriac–Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean woman for freedom. 

Long live unity and equality of hardworking women. 

Long live the MUB struggle.”