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A long cortege was formed in Syria’s Afrin region by women coming from cantons of Kobane, Rojava and Jazira on March 8 International Women’s Day. It was learned the women in the neighboring cantons celebrated Women’s Day on March 6-7 to be able to go to Afrin on March 8.
Rallying at the Newroz intersection, thousands of women chanted slogans “Jin jiyana azadî” and “Long live women’s resistance”.
ANHA reported that Palestinian Women’s Committee Foreign Affairs Representative Suad Ebdulrehman gave a painting of olive branch as a gift to the women in Afrin.
The Regions of Rojava, formerly known as Cantons, are the three self-governing regions of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. The Afrin, Jazira and Kobanî cantons were first established under the Constitution of Rojava in January 2014. In March 2016, the Shahba region was organized, however it was later formed into a canton of the Afrin region.
The three cantons were later reorganized into three regions with subordinate cantons, areas, districts and communes. Elections for the local councils of the local councils of the Jazira Region, Euphrates Region and Afrin Region will be held in December 2017.
The regions act as the primary sub-division for a "future decentralized system of federal governance in Syria.
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