Women Against ISISCulture, Current Affairs, Politics|53:15|PG
In the war against the Islamic State, the only movement combatting the jihadists with any effectiveness on the ground is the Kurdish resistance army. This movement is made up of both men and women fighters forcing back the jihadists and reclaiming the land village by village. One of the resistance commanders is Viyan, a 25 year old Syrian-Kurdish woman. She is operating on the eastern front of Kobane in Syria, where mixed-sex units fight under her orders against the Islamic State. But before joining the resistance at 18 she was a shepherd girl, promised in marriage to her cousin. Through joining the resistance, Viyan and many other young women find freedom not only to fight, but to learn to read, write and lead.