Last week, after the withdrawal of US military forces, Turkish troops started ‘Operation Spring of Peace’ in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (commonly known as Rojava). This development has sparked new unrest in this region of the country, where a lot of women and children are currently staying in refugee camps. Whereas women have become pivotal players in Rojava’s fight against ISIS and have fought hard to gain legitimate political representation in the region, the Turkish operation could present a backlash to this tendency. This expectation is driven by the fear that ISIS prisoners will escape and spread across the region, presenting opposing views on female representation in politics and beyond. The situation for women in Northern Syria is concerning to say the least, demanding accurate response from the international community.
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