By comparison, 40 percent of PKK fighters are women. For them, joining the PKK represents an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to Kurdish independence and escape what are often restrictive tribal villages.
“monastic, spare, and austere.” Personal belongings are minimal if not nonexistent. Romantic relationships are strictly forbidden, and all PKK members are celibate. The grassroots insurgency’s decision to involve women in combat can be attributed to “ideology but also necessity,” Friedman said. “In a rag-tag group listed as terrorists, you do what you can and make do.”
Moreover, the idea of the PKK as a haven for women from restrictive Islamic cultures is misleading. As Friedman noted, Kurdish villages are “restrictive but not fanatical.” Any restrictions towards women are more likely to be caused by the rural, tribal nature of these villages than any conservative or radical Islamic traditions.
Noteworthy participation of women viewed as important factor in the fight against ISIS and to show how the Kurdish forces are aiding in a more equal world.