Syrian Kurds Give Women Equal Rights, Snubbing ISIS (Islamic State) Jihadists

Last year, Syria’s Kurds created autonomous governments in the three regions where they are a majority, establishing self-proclaimed rule.

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Arabs also hold office, and the decrees apply to all ethnicities living in the self-governing areas, the AFP news agency reports.

AFP said the decree, passed by the leaders of the Al-Jazira canton — officially Hasakeh province — stipulates that women have the right to equal labor rights, including pay.

Women must be 18 years old to marry, and they are cannot be married off without their consent.

“Polygamy is forbidden,” the decree states, adding that women have the same right to bear witness in court as men, and that they have full inheritance rights.

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