Anti-terrorism officers graduation ceremony (Asayish Rojava)
The Asayîş or AsayishKurdish for security is the official security organisation (paramilitary police force) of the autonomous administration in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan). It was formed during the Syrian Civil War to police areas controlled by the Kurdish Supreme Committee.
As with other Rojavan institutions, the Asayîş is striving for a force based on gender equality. An estimated 25% of Asayîş forces are women. The organization is co-led by a man and woman, Ciwan Ibrahim and Aitan Farhad. In addition to protecting civilians from armed attacks, the Asayîş has created a special branch composed solely of women which is dedicated to gender-based violence, family disputes between women and protection of women during protests, and public celebrations. Their objective is to take care of every case in which a woman gets involved, from gender-based violence to a bank robbery. Female members of the force face additional risk from attacks by radical Islamists .