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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...
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.
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...

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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,...
This study is an attempt to examine the political system in Syria and identify the obstacles and challenges facing women's political empowerment.

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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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Website / Database Resource
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,...
Multimedia Resource
As violence and warfare continue in Syria, Syrian women are paying a heavy price. It's time their voices are heard. (UNWOMEN)

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...