Shar for Development.. lively civil society in northern Syria

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From Qamishli workshop. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – The organization of Shar for Development held last week a five-day workshop at Mandela House in the city of Qamishli (Qamishlo), northeast of Syria.

The workshop, one of the events of Shar’s project “Sharers”, aimed to “introduce legal and political terminology to the participants, raise their awareness, analyze law sources and legitimacy, tackle gender, train on advocacy and campaign design, and empower women”, according to the project manager Zuhrab Abdulqadir.

Talking to ARA News, Abdulqadir said: “The workshop was distinguished as both men and women attended.”

Psychological training on sexual stereotypy, women and self-esteem were topics included in the workshop’s program, under the supervision of trainers Redi Misho and Mohammed Ali Othman.

“The trainers were selected based on certain criteria such as social influence, not on their affiliation to certain organizations.” Abdulqadir said.

Members of different political parties, youth groups, students and independent figures were among the attendees.

“Enthusiasm and interaction among trainers and trainees was wonderful, despite the six-hour power cut a day, lack of communications and Ramadan mood,” Abdulqadir told ARA News. “The workshop is an opening to an organized realistic training inside Syria, which is one of the project’s objectives.”

“By such workshops we aim to create a culture all civic organizations will be committed to,” the project manager said.

Mohamad Ali Othman, a trainer and supervisor, told ARA News: “I focused on female liberation from inferiority complex that Freud tackled as most women have it; though it is imaginary with no biological basis.”

Among other topics, Othman focused on the gender-based biological and psychological discrepancies by explaining the anatomical differences of brain structure and their effect on mental and social behaviour.

Defining itself, Shar organization seeks for stable and peaceful local communities in northern Syria, economically and culturally developed, where teamwork, general freedoms, transparency and institutionalization prevail.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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