BETH NAHRIN — On the occasion of the 8th anniversary of the founding of the Bethnahrin Women’s Protection Forces (Ḥaylawotho d’Sutoro d’Neshe d’Beth Nahrin, HSNB), the Bethnahrin Women’s Union (Huyodo d’Neshe d’Bethnahrin, HNB) released a public statement to mark the achievement.
The HNB began its statement by underscoring that the establishment of HSNB marked a transformative chapter in the annals of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women’s history.
Reflecting on the historical role of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women, the HNB lamented that, while once revered as pillars of society, their identity and stature eroded with the loss of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) sovereignty and influence in their homeland of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia).
“Guided by the visionary leadership of the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB), avenues were opened for Syriac women to reclaim their identity, liberty, and contribute to the destiny of their people,” stated the HNB.
The HNB highlighted the establishment of women’s institutions across various spheres over the past 22 years, fostering organization and progress. Cultural and social initiatives, as well as educational lectures, were pivotal in enhancing women’s awareness and perspectives.
Addressing the inception of HSNB, the HNB emphasized that amidst the onslaught of the Islamic State (ISIS), Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women responded with unwavering resilience. HSNB’s creation was an affirmation of their readiness to shape their future and defend their values on the frontlines.
“With reverence to the legacies of historical figures like Shamiram, Zenobia, and Ishtar, we forge the path toward freedom and equality for Syriac women,” the HNB affirmed, extending an earnest call to women and girls to join HSNB and contribute as advocates and champions.
“The 21st century will be the era of Syriac women,” the HNB statement concluded.