Syrian Women, Peacemakers

Prior to the ongoing crisis Syria has been facing, Syrian women have had a pivotal role at various levels and made effective and remarkable strides in building modern Syria and in preserving its peace, stability and progress.

Syria's extraordinary circumstances have had bad impacts and serious repercussions on women as they are the hardest-hit category that is suffering acts of violence and rape committed by the foreign-backed terrorist groups.

Marking the International Day for Combating Violence against Women, Ministry of Social Affairs in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently organized a workshop to shed light on the role of Syrian women in peacemaking in society.

Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, who attended the workshop, said in a statement to journalists: "Syrian women under the crisis have encouraged struggle for the sake of the homeland and they are expected to play a distinguished role in rebuilding Syria and making peace at the local and internal level".

Minister of Social Affairs Dr. Kinda al-Shammat stressed the importance of preserving Syrian women's pioneering role in society and at enhancing this role, especially in the confrontation of the violence and human rights violations the Syrian women are being exposed to under the current circumstances in Syria.

Al-Shammat necessitated empowering Syrian women at the political level so as to contribute to making civil peace and preserving stability in the country.

She reiterated that it is important to reach principles that focus on protecting Syrian women from the negative consequences of wars and from violent and barbaric. It is also necessary to document such violations as a first step towards bringing the perpetrators to justice, she said.

"The Syrian government is committed to the UN resolution pertaining supporting woman's issues, hailing the Syrian women' struggle to get freedom and preserving her dignity and sovereignty" Al- Shammat added.

For her part, the Minister of Culture Dr. Lubana Mshaweh highlighted women's great role in disseminating culture, amity and tolerance to attain a better society, stressing women are the "bedrock of society."

Resident Representative of the UN organization in Syria, Yaacoub al- Helou referred to the joint projects and programs between the Ministry of Social Affairs' concerned bodies and the U.N organizations working in Syria aiming at easing the suffering the of Syrian people, especially women and children.

Head of the IOM mission in Syria Maria Rumman said women and children are major victims of the crisis in Syria, pointing out that most of the displaced people are women and children.

She clarified that the U.N resolutions have noted the bad impacts of the crisis on women and the women's suffering, particularly from sexual and physical violence.

Participants in the workshop discussed the necessity of enhancing the Syrian women's role in achieving local peace and stability, in taking part in awareness campaigns related to the elimination of violence against women and in carrying out training programs and workshops on social and political qualifying.

On the sideline of the workshop, the Social Affairs Minister opened an art exhibition depicting the visions of the martyrs' children concerning violence against women and mothers. A number of martyrs' wives and mothers were also honored.

Rawaa Ghanam