Bethnahrin National Council: We will build a democratic society through women’s resistance

BETH NAHRIN — On International Women’s Day, the MUB released a statement champion the struggle for women’s rights and explaining its significance as a driver of democratic change.

Drawing strength from the legacies of resistance that have shaped the course of human history, Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women have asserted their determination to govern themselves, live freely in their homeland, and forge a modern way of life, read the statement.

International Women’s Day on 8 March has evolved into a powerful source of inspiration and a banner of struggle for Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women.

The journey towards women’s rights traces back to pivotal moments in history, such as the courageous stand of tens of thousands of textile workers in New York, USA in 1857, marking a significant milestone in the social revolution.

Women paved the path to their rights by resisting oppressive regimes, often at the cost of their lives. Across the globe, women have led social struggles, including demands for suffrage and candidacy, which gained momentum since 1910 under women’s leadership.

On 16 December 1977, the UN formally recognized 8 March as International Women’s Day, acknowledging the significance of women’s struggles worldwide.

Through relentless struggle at the international level, women have secured numerous rights, reshaping feudal societies and transforming social relations.

Today, Syriac women, drawing on the ethos of liberation from the civilization of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia), embody the spirit of ancient figures like Inanna, Shamiram, and Zenobia. Under the leadership of the Beth Nahrin Women’s Union (Huyodo d’Neshe d’Bethnahrin, HNB), they confront outdated mentalities and champion national liberation.

Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women, organizing voluntarily across Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia) and its diaspora, shoulder the responsibility of representing their people in political, social, and military spheres.

In solidarity with women across the Middle East and the world, Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women stand against inhuman oppression and reactionary forces in the 21st century.

The MUB statement affirmed:

“The freedom and will of women lie at the heart of our national liberation struggle, as the future of the Syriac people hinges on a modern, democratic life. The MUB salutes the global struggle for human rights, peace, and democracy, as well as the women’s freedom movement spearheaded by the HNB. We celebrate March 8th, International Women’s Day.”