December 6, 2015
A photo has emerged of a female Kurdish fighter destroying an Isis sign that tells women how to dress, in a symbolic gesture of defiance against the oppressive Islamist regime.
The woman can be seen attempting to damage the sign with the end of her gun in the image posted to Reddit.
The large sign gives instructions on how women should dress in what is thought to be north-west Syria.
The photo is believed to be taken by the YPJ as it has their logo on the corner – although it has not be verified – who are the People’s Protection Unit and considered themselves a democratic people’s army.
One comment on the Reddit thread by AbbathOcculta read “This has inspirational but complicated movie about heroism written all over it”.
Another by Victor_Serges_Ghost says “None of us will ever be that badass.”
Women living in Isis controlled areas such as Mosul and Raqqa are forced to wear double layer veils and gloves and to lead extremely conservative lives.
They are also constricted on where they go and need to accompanied by male guardians, known as mahram, at all times when they are outside the house. These rules are enforced by religious police.
Some girls are kidnapped and suffer extreme abuse and are kept as sex slaves.
Hanna Bohman, who also goes by the name Tiger Sun, a female Canadian soldier has fought with the YPJ since March last year.
She told Business Insider that Isis are: “Not some giant, holy juggernaut of ultimate damnation for unbelievers.