Margaret Giwargis (- 1969) “The Assyrian Lioness”. One of the first female fighters in the history of the Kurdish resistance. She quickly asserted herself as a capable fighter, commanding at the head of an otherwise all-male unit. ”Kurdish leaders deftly transformed her into a local version of Joan of Arc and handed out portraits of her to the peshmergas who carried her photos into battle as a talisman.”
Kurdish media outlets are abuzz with a photograph of a Peshmerga woman, sitting beside an automatic weapon, breastfeeding her child. The picture has been widely distributed on social networking sites, highlighting the strength of Kurdish women and the resilience of female combatants in the ongoing fight against IS.
The Yazidis are the largest ethnic and religious minority in Armenia. They are mostly ethnic Kurds. Many of them live a semi-nomad life during the summer months in the highlands around the Aragats mountain in Western Armenia