Sara: My Whole Life Was a Struggle

TitleSara: My Whole Life Was a Struggle
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsCansız, Sakine
Number of Pages352
PublisherPluto Press

The bitter struggle of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, against the Turkish state has delivered inspirational, but often tragic, stories. This memoir by Kurdish revolutionary Sakine Cansiz is one of them. Sakine, whose code name was "Sara", co-founded the PKK in 1974 and dedicated her life to its cause. This is the first chapter of her iconic life, leading up to her arrest in 1979. She writes about the excitement of entering the movement as a young woman, discovering she would have to challenge traditional gender roles as she rose amongst its ranks. She was one of the first to demand the recruitment and education of female revolutionaries, and demanded total gender equality within the PKK, which is now one of its central tenants. On January 10, 2013, she was assassinated in Paris for reasons still officially unresolved. Today, "Sara" is an inspiration to women fighting for liberation across the world.

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