Syrian women strive for better future

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Syrian women in an anti-Assad protest. File photo

ARA News 

Qamishli, Syria – Under the banner “Space for Cooperation”, the Consultative Conference of Syrian women held a 5-day workshop in the Turkish southern city of Gaziantep last week.

The workshops activities took place in coordination with the Syrian Center for Civil Society and Democracy on the one hand, and the Democratic Women’s Network on the other.

Speaking to ARA News, Jian Fares, one of the workshop’s organizers, said that 50 Syrian women participated in Gaziantep’s activities.

“Women from different components of the Syrian society actively participated in the workshop, which shows the eagerness of Syrian women to contribute to the establishment of a democratic state which preserves women’s rights; a state where women are genuine participants in the decision making process,” Fares said.

According to Fares, the Irish experience of war has been presented in the first session of the workshop, as well as other conflicts around the world, to open the floor for discussions by projecting these experiences on the Syrian issue.

“We mainly focused on the position of women in such conflicts, and their participation in reinforcing peace,” Fares told ARA News. “Women in Syria have suffered exclusion and marginalization by the society and the government alike. Holding such workshops aims to promote equality between men and women in all domains, including politics.”

Fares showed her optimism about women’s future in post-dictatorship Syria.

Noteworthy, several organizations of women’s rights have been established in Syria with the outbreak of the popular uprising, March of 2011.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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