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"Outstanding Ladies"… A bazaar to support productive projects and handicrafts in Homs

Homs, (ST) - Forty-five women who possessed the will, determination, and passion to establish their own enterprises showed their work and products, which are mostly handicrafts, to a large segment of the people of Homs in a bazaar for  "Outstanding Ladies" in order to promote their products and introduce people to them.

The bazaar, which lasts for four consecutive days in the Royal Park Hall in the Al-Insha'at neighborhood in Homs, includes mostly works of young women presenting their production for the first time and distinct projects for some other women. The bazaar also embraces a special section for rural women's work in the Homs Agriculture Directorate, where the bazaar includes handicrafts such as (crochet, soap making, household foods and ornamental plants).

"Safe Home" activity aims at eliminating Violence against Women in Syria

Under the slogan "Safe Home", the Syria Trust for Development in cooperation with The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Faculty of Education launched The 16 Day campaign of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
The campaign which aims at supporting  women psychologically, legally and economically includes activities for awareness and consultation that are being held in 6 centers affiliated to The Trust and in the headquarters of 25 civil associations in 45 areas in Damascus and its countryside.

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 .