She recalled that the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) were officially established on April 4, 2013, "for the protection of the population in the region."
"The YPJ battalion's actions have shown the entire world that women are able to effectively fight to the end and get the better of Daesh militants," Rojava said.
Kurdish Female Fighters (YPJ) killed over 7000 ISIS terrorists and Kurds got back 15 cities,over 1000 vilgs fromISIS pic.twitter.com/VYlwb9fvgB— Mussa Berxwedan (@MusaBerxwedan) 11 января 2016
She specifically drew attention to the fact that the YPJ is a defense unit rather than a military brigade and that the YPJ first of all concentrates on defensive tactics.
📷 veryfemmeandantifascist: YPJ Kurdish Female Fighters: A Day in Syria (x) https://t.co/WFnS5EAuqf— A-Train (@AntonHarduich) 9 января 2016
"A full-fledged social life cannot be maintained without an effective defense. We see weapons and military actions only as a means of ensuring security. We stand for settling conflicts by political means," she pointed out.
The YPJ and the YPG are the armed wing of a Kurdish coalition that has taken de facto control over much of Syria's predominantly Kurdish north, Rojava.
Apart from Daesh, the YPJ is involved in YPG's military operations against the al-Nusra Front, a Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.