Women’s Protection Units or YPJ
The Women’s Protection Units or Women’s Defense Units (Kurdish: Yekîneyên Parastina Jin, YPJ, pronounced Yuh-Pah-Juh) is an all-female military organization, it includes Kurds, other Syrian ethnic groups, and Western volunteers.
|Women’s Protection Units|
|Yekîneyên Parastina Jin (YPJ)|
|Allegiance||Rojava, Syria (Democratic Union Party)|
|Branch||Female service units|
|Type||Light infantry (militia)|
|Size||24,000 (March 2017)|
|Part of||Syrian Democratic Forces (since 2015)|
|Engagements||Syrian Civil War
|General Commander||Nessrin Abdallah|
|Kobanî commander||Meryem Kobanî|
|Aleppo commander ||Sewsen Bîrhat|
|Leading commander for Raqqa operations||Rojda Felat|
It was set up in 2012 as the female equivalent of the People’s Protection Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel, YPG) militia. The YPJ and YPG are the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (Syria) (PYD), which has taken de facto control over much of Syria’s predominantly Kurdish north, Rojava.