SYRIA, FROM A PEACEFUL REVOLUTION TO A VIOLENT CONFLICT: WOMEN’S ROLE AND EXPERIENCES
WILPF International and the Geneva Center for Security Policy would like to invite you to attend a public event with Syrian women activists on June 16th at Maison de la Paix in Geneva.
More than five years after the breakout of the mass protests demanding freedom and justice, unprecedented brutality and violence by the Syrian regime lead to an open armed conflict. Civilians continue to be the first target of hostilities and constitute the majority of victims. Repressive practices and armed violence impact women disproportionately as they steadily lose their security, homes, lives, family members and social status. This amidst systematic targeting of civilians, proliferation of arms, destruction of the legal system, and collapse of the rule of law. Nevertheless, women have created a space to pursue their struggle for freedom and human rights on both the grassroots and international levels.
This discussion brings together a group of Syrian women civil society leaders who will share their views about the impact of the conflict on women, the role they play on the ground today, the need for their real and effective participation in peace negotiations and decision-making, as well as how the general public in Europe and beyond can provide direct support.
When: 16 June 2016, 4 to 5.30 p.m. (CEST).
Where: GCSP, Maison de la Paix
Rula Asad, Executive Director of Syrian Female Journalists’ Network
Maya Al Rahbi, Director of Musawa, Women’s Study Center
Salma Kahale, Executive Director of Dawlaty
Laila Alodaat, Crisis Response Programme Manager
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