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This study is an attempt to examine the political system in Syria and identify the obstacles and challenges facing women's political empowerment.
As a 22-year-old still living at home with her family in Chicago, college student Ala’a Basatneh doesn’t seem like a typical revolutionary.  Born in Syria, Basatneh moved to the U.S. at a young age...
Interviews Resource
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,...

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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...

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Academic Paper / Article Resource
During the Arab uprisings, an unprecedented number of women took to the streets, paving the way for a more important role in politics. However, in the transitional period that follows, they now have...
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As violence and warfare continue in Syria, Syrian women are paying a heavy price. It's time their voices are heard. (UNWOMEN)
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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,...

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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...
The sudden collapse of the Tunisian regime in 2011 stimulated protests from Egypt to Yemen.  Some of these movements managed to topple regimes, while others lead to renewed social contracts....
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...

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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...
Women took 25 more seats in Syria's latest local elections, which also saw a bigger turnout than the ballot, four years ago, according to a minister quoted by the official press Thursday. To read the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Women and girls were in the forefront when the uprising began nearly two years ago with peaceful protests, in part because they were considered less likely than men to arouse the suspicions of the...
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...
Report / White Paper Resource
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...

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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

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Academic Paper / Article Resource
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...

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Academic Paper / Article Resource
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...
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...
Conference of Syrian women, convened by UN Women and Netherlands, ends with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks (Geneva, 14 January) A two-day meeting to support women's participation and...
Conference of Syrian women, convened by UN Women and Netherlands, ends with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks (Geneva, 14 January) A two-day meeting to support women's participation and...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Report / White Paper Resource
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   ...

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Interviews Resource
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...

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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...
The sudden collapse of the Tunisian regime in 2011 stimulated protests from Egypt to Yemen.  Some of these movements managed to topple regimes, while others lead to renewed social contracts....
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...

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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

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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...
Conference of Syrian women, convened by UN Women and Netherlands, ends with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks (Geneva, 14 January) A two-day meeting to support women's participation and...
Conference of Syrian women, convened by UN Women and Netherlands, ends with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks (Geneva, 14 January) A two-day meeting to support women's participation and...
Academic Paper / Article Resource
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...

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Academic Paper / Article Resource
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...

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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...

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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...

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Interviews Resource
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...

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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...

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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...

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Report / White Paper Resource
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...
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...
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...
Women and girls were in the forefront when the uprising began nearly two years ago with peaceful protests, in part because they were considered less likely than men to arouse the suspicions of the...
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...
Women took 25 more seats in Syria's latest local elections, which also saw a bigger turnout than the ballot, four years ago, according to a minister quoted by the official press Thursday. To read the...