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Friday, January 08, 2016
The ongoing peace negotiations for the Middle East region, and Syria in particular, are not taking into account the role of women. This misrecognition of women, against the Security Council resolution 1325, is particularly serious in a situation in...
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The war in Syria has started five years ago. Tens of thousands of Syrians are either dead or missing and about 50% of Syrians have had no choice but to flee their homes for the hope of a better future for their families. The humanitarian crisis in...
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Alianza por la Solidaridad is looking for a consultant to generate evidence on response to gender based violence in the context of the Syrian Crisis in Lebanon and Jordan.  The purpose of the consultancy is to generate evidence as to the extent,...
Friday, October 31, 2014
Women and girls living in Syria and Iraq have been subject to gross sexual violence, economic strife and the psychological trauma of a war that, to them, seems endless. But women in these countries are not just victims of violence, they are also...
Monday, October 20, 2014
To the Islamic State, Syrian women are slaves. To much of the rest of the world, they are victims. It's time we expose their real identity: an untapped resource for creating lasting peace. In an article recently published by TIME, we lay out their...
Friday, July 11, 2014
In the U.S., the term “hashtag activism” is usually uttered with a kind of derisive sneer, the implication being that social media can’t be used to effect any kind of “real” change. But in Syria, sites like Twitter and Facebook are an integral part...
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Women alongside men participated in the protest movements in the Arab world in 2011. From Tunisia to Bahrain, from Egypt to Syria women from all backgrounds demanded freedom, equality, dignity, justice and democracy. Did we hear them and listen to...
Thursday, May 29, 2014
They were euphoric during the first months that followed the fall of Zine Al-Abedine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak. The Arabs had regained their pride. But that pride has long since ebbed away and hope turned into disappointment. In the countries where...
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Overview of contents: - Introduction   Challenges to document VAW in Syria      Legal framework    - Violation of the Rights to life    Killings of women in the context of military fighting    Execution of women during massacres    Use of women as...
Saturday, February 22, 2014
They move carefully between constantly changing checkpoints, where they’re often harassed. Extremists have been known to target female activists—beating them for not dressing conservatively enough. Or they may be detained. It happens frequently,...
Friday, February 14, 2014
In partnership with the Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria, Inclusive Security conducted a survey of 110 women living and working inside Syria. The resulting report shows they overwhelmingly support the inclusion of women, and of civil...
Monday, January 27, 2014
One of the UN's most senior leaders has warned against Western intervention in Syria, drawing on her experience as prime minister of New Zealand when she decided not to take the country to war with Iraq. Helen Clark, who was a Labour prime minister...
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The talks in Syria began today, with the Syrian government and opposition exchanging accusations and invectives. Missing was the voice of nonviolent civilians, especially women, even through they have been trying for months to have a seat at the...
Thursday, January 23, 2014
As violence and warfare continue in Syria, Syrian women are paying a heavy price. It's time their voices are heard. (UNWOMEN)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Oxfam calls for increased participation of women and civil society organizations in peace process The Geneva II Conference, which opens today, must deliver real change in the lives of ordinary Syrians, says the worldwide development organization...
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
There will be some 35 countries making statements in Montreux today. But there will be no voice for the people who have the greatest stake in these talks: the women of Syria and civil society.  The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom...
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Conference on Promoting Syrian Women’s Engagement in the Syrian Political Process, held in Geneva, Switzerland, 13 January, 2014. We invite you to read the full speech...
Monday, January 13, 2014
UN Women together with the Government of the Netherlands will convene a two-day meeting (12-13 January) of Syrian women in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is part of the UN’s longer-term efforts to support Syrian women and civil society’s...
Monday, January 13, 2014
A two-day meeting to support women’s participation and voice in the Syrian peace process, convened in Geneva by UN Women together with the Government of the Netherlands, ended today with a statement by Syrian women civil society members and...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Women’s human rights discourse and movements have become entangled within a culture-versus-rights dualism. Yakin Ertürk argues that this is a false dualism which serves both private patriarchy and public patriarchy of neo-liberal globalisation...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
One of the unmistakeable notes of euphoria during the 'Arab spring' uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia came from women proclaiming that they finally felt safe in public spaces in societies where the record of sexual harassment and violence against women...
Arab Spring
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Beyond Revolution: The Future of Women's Rights and Democracy in the Middle East-North Africa  4:15 PM – 7:00 PM, October 22th, 2013at Johns Hopkins University's Rome Auditorium1619 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C.Seats are limited | Register...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Thursday, December 06, 2012
I keep wishing it is not true, too, but what I told the driver that day is that his story sounds all too familiar: Of the hundreds of cases of sexualized violence against Syrian women and men I have heard and documented as the director of the Women...
Monday, September 17, 2012
According to Suhair Atassi, a female activist and a Syrian National Council member in Cairo, there is a female brigade in Dera’a numbering around 1,000. In Antakiya, I met rebel fighter, Bassel, on his way out of Syria after spending over a year...
Monday, August 13, 2012
More than 75% of assisted Syrian refugees are women and children. The targeting of civilians is well documented. But sexual violence against women and girls receives little attention. Cultural norms often prevent survivors from reporting sexual...
Thursday, August 02, 2012
The New York-based Women’s Media Center’s Women Under Siege Project has been using modern technology, from e-mail to YouTube to Twitter, to carry out ground-breaking research into sexualized violence as it unfolds in Syria. Our cutting-edge crowdmap...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Women, children and students took to the streets in Syria on Wednesday, lending their voices to a month-long uprising that President Bashar Assad insists is the work of a foreign conspiracy. The protest movement is posing an increasing threat...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
16 Mar 2012 - The Arab Spring continues to blow winds of change in the Middle East. There is no doubt the direction these countries are heading in will affect Arab societies and personal rights. But recently, the focus has been on women in the...
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Raising the sights of young women from across the Middle East and North Africa who aspire to political careers was among the accomplishments of the Young Women Leaders Academy (YWLA), a 10-day program held recently in Doha, Qatar. The program,...
Monday, February 12, 2007
This study is an attempt to examine the political system in Syria and identify the obstacles and challenges facing women's political empowerment.