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The first solo exhibition of the artist Hana Al-Oqla

Damascus,(ST)  - With her unique female sense, artist Hana Al -Oqla chose the theme of women within multiple humanitarian situations that mimic pain, nostalgia and war in her first solo exhibition. She entitled the exhibition “Maraya".

The paintings of the exhibition, which was hosted by Zawaya Gallery for Culture and Arts in Al-Qassa'a neighborhood in Damascus reflected the remarkable contradiction between the content of the subjects and the bright colors expressing hope and joy.

A Feminist poetry evening at the cultural Center in Abo Rummaneh

Damascus, ST- Contemporary Syrian female poetry prevailed in the poetry reading evening held by the Arab Cultural Center in Abo Rommaneh for eight female poets who presented texts that varied between prose and poetry.

The readings presented by the critic Emad Fayyad differed between national, social and emotional genres.  At the beginning, the poet Hana Al-Omar delivered a number of texts formed by selected words and serious indications to reflect the reality of the society and the role of women in it. While Alia Issa's texts penetrated into the social and national human concerns which are always affected by reality.

Feminine Experiences

The Arab Cultural Centre in Abu Romaneh recently hosted a collective art exhibition under the title of "Feminine Experiences 2" that focused on Syrian woman as a symbol of beauty, love, fertility, hope, happiness and sacrifice. The exhibits highlight the crucial role played by Syrian women at the time of peace and war. The participating artists depicted Syrian women as active participants not only in the details of everyday life, but also in the socio-political fields and in all domains.

The important role played by Syrian women during the past eight years was also brought to light by the participants showing the strong personality of Syrian women and their determination to overcome difficulties and obstacles resulting from the terrorist war launched against the country.

“Hiya & Honna” … [She& She(s)[1] ]

Damascus (ST)_ On Kabbani Theater stage colorful strings hanging from wool balls were awaiting us, a mother weaving a three color wool sweater on a loom for her son Shadi. Those colorful strings were weaved with tears of oppression and loss. The heroine was groaning from deprivation, cruelty and denial of a society that put her in a large prison.  

Kabbani Theater hosted three consecutive shows of “Hiya & Honna” [She& She(s)] play, which is a Lebanese monodrama posing the problem of womanhood in the Arab world; performed by the Lebanese actress Marwa Qarouni and directed and script written by Mashhour Mustafa.

Captain Widad Shuja'a... First Female Syrian pilot

"Captain Widad Shuja welcomes you aboard the Boeing 727, and wishes you a happy and safe journey."  That was the nice delicate female voice coming out of the speakers’ on-board Syrian Airlines plane.

Some passengers felt a sense of pride that a girl from their country was the pilot of a jet plane. Whereas, others were worried about a woman's aptitude to sit in a man's seat. A feeling that accompanied them until the plane landing at Paris Orly Airport.

Captain Widad Shuja'a, a young woman from Syria, has joined the group of Arab girls who have entered this field aptly, as they lead several models of modern jet aircraft on various international routes.