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Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and the Kurdish Women’s militia

During the fight to defeat Da’esh or the Islamic State, our collective of journalists was on the frontline capturing the unexplored, the real stories of who was defeating these terrorists. One such story was that of the members of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ). The YPJ is a militia of women who actively fought in combat; alongside their male counterparts (YPG); and were one of the many elements who constituted the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Moved by the same force that inspired video journalists within our collective; Gayle Lemmon, the best selling author, and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; sought to capture the women of the YPJ’s story in her new book “The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice.”

We were recently able to partner with Gayle; to provide footage featured in this news profile of Gayle and her recent efforts to tell the YPJ’s story.

Above all, we are deeply humbled to have been able to assist and continue to deliver on our mission advancing freedom of information, supporting bold media initiatives, and giving voice to the voiceless.