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Sweida Women are far from being dry of ideas...Famed apples and grapes to the factory

Sweida is considered one the most famed places in Syria for growing vines and apple trees. Those two agricultural products are not only the most savoring grapes and apples you can ever taste, since they rely primarily on natural rainfall rather than irrigation. Therefore, they are very rich in minerals as the region is basaltic, located in a previous volcanic region. In addition, those flavorful fruit products make up for a large part of the national production . However, the sanctions imposed on Syria have prevented the exportation of most agricultural products, and Sweida grapes and apples are no exception. 

Thus civil community in the governorate has tried to find solutions to make use of over production by suggesting recycling of those perishable fruits. Consequently, Women Association in the village “Sahwa Balata” established a factory for drying fruits and vegetables, which entered production two days ago.

This factory is the fourth project of the village’s Women Association, as it was preceded by former projects to produce local products like Arabic bread made of whole grain, traditional pies and pastries; in addition to an environmental garden to grow organic vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers, and an agricultural nursery. These have in total, secured nearly 30 job opportunities for women and new university graduates; along with marketing agricultural products of “Sahwa Balata” and the nearby villages.

Iman Fakeh a model of a Syrian woman worrier

Syrian women stories throughout war are truly incredible. Women who challenged stressful circumstances and overcome difficulties, fear and anxiety, have restored the rhythm of life despite fatigue. Iman Fakeh is one of those warriors, who have gone through difficult experiences in the course of her life.

Her early marriage did not stand in the way of her academic excellence, which was a condition for accepting marriage to pursue her aspirations in studying English language. The date of her delivery date coincided with the period of taking high school exams twice. Despite that condition, she insisted on continuing until she obtained a high school diploma in 2003 with good grades. However, the change of the English language faculty grades system in 2003 prevented her from pursuing her university studies for the English language department.

Wahida al-Azma, ... the first female doctor in the Syrian Arab Army

The physician, Wahida al-Azma, is the daughter of an ancient Damascene family ... Her father was an officer in the Syrian Arab Army .She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Damascus in 1949..A year before her graduation, she was treating the wounded in the Mezzeh Military Hospital during her country's war against the Israeli enemy in 1948.

When the army leadership announced a competition to accept military doctors, she applied for the contest and was appointed as a doctor, first lieutenant, in the Syrian Arab Army in 1950, to be,  with Dr. Nazik Al-Abed, the first two female doctors in the army.

She was dispatched to France by the army leadership to follow her scientific career and specialization in the field of pediatrics where she obtained a certificate of specialization in pediatrics from the University of Paris . She returned to Syria to work in the Ministry of Defense clinics as the chief doctor and pediatrician .

She contributed to the founding of the Syrian Pediatrician Association.

She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Syrian Medical Journal issued by the Syndicate of Syrian Doctors for a quarter of a century .

Dina Al-Qatabi... a Syrian scientist who develops wireless technology

Dina Al-Qatabi, a distinguished Syrian scholar was honored by former President Barak Obama in a special ceremony held for her. She was recently elected as a member of the American National Academy of Engineering NAE.

She graduated from Damascus University with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in 1995. Then she went to America to begin her scientific career , where  she got her master's and Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 1998 and 2003 respectively.

She currently holds the title of Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She is the co-director of the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing and a principal researcher in computer science and an artificial intelligence laboratory.

Damascus History Foundation- Correcting Biography of Nazik al-Abed on Arabic Wikipedia

In accordance with Bilad al-Sham WikiMedia, History of Damascus Foundation worked to improve the digital content related to the history of the city of Damascus on the Wikipedia Arabic International Encyclopedia, and in this respect it corrected the biography of the Syrian feminist Nazik al-Abed, leader of the women's movement who demanded that women be given their full rights.

Damascus History Foundation mentioned that between the years 1887 and 1959, Nazik al-Abed played a leading role in establishing a number of publications and women's societies. She also participated in the Battle of Maysaloun against the French occupation in her capacity as Head of Red Star Society that preceded the Syrian Red Crescent.

Al-Abed studied in Damascus and Mosul schools, and learned German and French languages. When her father was exiled to Turkey over the coup against Sultan Abdul Hamid II, she entered the American School in Izmir, where she learned photography and the art of drawing. In addition, she joined the editorial family of Arous (Bride) Magazine in Syria, founded by the Damascene writer Mary Ajami in Homs in 1910, and it was the first Arab publication calling for women's rights.