Women’s Protection Units or YPJ

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[8]) is an all-female military organization, it includes Kurds, other Syrian ethnic groups, and Western volunteers.

Women’s Protection Units
Yekîneyên Parastina Jin (YPJ)
YPJ Flag.svg

YPJ flag
Active 2012–present
Allegiance Rojava, Syria[1] (Democratic Union Party)
Branch Female service units
Type Light infantry (militia)
Size 24,000 (March 2017)[2]
Part of Syrian Democratic Forces (since 2015)
Engagements Syrian Civil War

Iraqi Civil War (2014–present)

Website Official website
General Commander[3] Nessrin Abdallah
Kobanî commander[4] Meryem Kobanî
Aleppo commander [5] Sewsen Bîrhat
Leading commander for Raqqa operations[6][7] Rojda Felat

It was set up in 2012 as the female equivalent of the People’s Protection Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel, YPG) militia.[9] 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.[9]


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