Life and career
The Yezidi Kurd held various offices in the PDS, it was already in 1998 a member of the National Council of Lower Saxony, co-founder of Kreisverbands Celle, contact the PDS - Europe Group for North Rhine-Westphalia as well as the Treasurer of the Europe Group.
Since 1999 she has been deputy chairman of the Intergroup Working Group against Racism and Xenophobia. Furthermore, it maintains a foundation to promote the rights of women and children.
Feleknas Uca was from 1999 to 2009 MEP for the PDS or The Left in the GUE / NGL Group. At 22, she was elected as the sixth on the list of candidates of the PDS to the EU Parliament. As an MEP she was a member of the Development Committee, Substitute for the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, alternate member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and a member of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Commitment against female genital mutilation
As an MEP and beyond, Uca engaged in collaboration with the women's rights organization Terre des Femmes in the fight against practices of female genital mutilation.
It instructed the organization, in 2005 a publication entitled " Study on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM = Female Genital Mutilation ) " to create. Content of this work include information on the distribution and socio-cultural backgrounds of the practice, an overview of the legal situation in Africa and Europe, the idea of previous solutions and recommendations for a joint commitment at European level.
In December 2005 and January 2006 Uca solicited donations for the project, supported by Terre des Femmes Network Against Female Genital Mutilation ( NAFGEM ), which campaigns for the abolition of female genital mutilation in Tanzania.
On the occasion of the International Day "Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation" said Uca in February 2008, female genital mutilation was an " extreme form of violence against women and girls ". In eight African countries would these " particularly extreme form of violence " used to control the female body. It was " our duty " to fight against these " human rights violation in the girls are taught lifelong physical and psychological wounds ". The " power of patriarchal structures and standing traditions " is, however, it should be observed: Good Utilities ensured that the people affected by conviction against the rite of female genital mutilation decided and instead searched for " alternative practices ", " the female body in its protect integrity ". A change of mind can never be imposed from outside, but must be done through awareness, education and medical training. Education enables girls to know their rights and to demonstrate their role in the society in question. The main task of relevant development programs are "the promotion of reproductive health " as well as the protection and promotion of women's rights around the world.
Together with spokespersons of the Feminist Women Association LISA and Elke higher Terre des Femmes sentenced Uca in March 2008, the comparison of injuries caused by female genital mutilation with potential injuries in the nursery care, the family policy spokeswoman for the left, and Chairman of the circumcision critical association Intact, Christa Müller, previously in a Spiegel interview hired. In March 2010, the Feleknas Uca Foundation organized in cooperation with the Celler woman eV and Terre des Femmes, a reading with the Somali author Fadumo grain.
Feleknas Uca was arrested upon arrival in Turkey at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on November 14, 2012. She led before duty around 250 packets vitamin B1 medications with you, which are used to limit damage in chronic hunger strike. She is accused in the coma Civakên Kurdistan exercise a leadership role.
According to a prosecutor's interrogation, she was deported to Germany.