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Bazaar in Homs to Mark Conclusion of 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women

HOMS– A bazaar was kicked off Saturday at Safir Homs Hotel, on the occasion of conclusion of the16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women campaign, SANA reported.

This year’s campaign, which was launched under the theme “Women’s education makes peace”, is sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and a number of NGOs working in several provinces.

Message of Gratitude

Nothing is more beautiful than appreciation and gratitude when it comes from your friends or relatives, to feel that they remember your pain and hurt and trying to comfort you... To find them at a time when you think that you have been forgotten just like the others who have been forgotten in this country which is full of tragedies. 

A small word, (may God have mercy on your martyred son), returns to you the hope that this martyr is still in the minds of friends and neighbors as it is in the heart, soul and thought of parents.

On Int’l Day for Elimination of VAW, Syrian Experience to Empower Female Survivors of Violence Proved Successful

DAMASCUS – “Orange the World, Leave No One Behind” is the title of the UN’s initiative launched on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which occurs on November 25th every year.

According to SANA, the campaign, which lasts from November 25th till December 10th, aims at raising awareness of the negative effects of this phenomenon with more focus laid on improving the situation of the weakest and most neglected group of people in the world, particularly female refugees, displaced women and those affected by conflicts and natural disasters, in addition to rallying world public opinion about all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls and promoting the local and international communities to exert more efforts in order to reach effective and final solutions to put an end to it.

"Tasama" NGO in Lattakia Provides Vital Humanitarian Assistance to Families Affected by Crisis

The seven-year unjust war on Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis and any response to this war should be built on this principle. Local and civil society associations in the Syrian provinces are a vital partner to the Syrian government in many aspects mainly in confronting big challenges and difficulties.

Such societies and volunteer work are also the safety valve and supporting pillar of the country's security due the preventive and aid roles they play.

"The Syrian Rassemblement for Reform and Civil Society Participation" (Tasama ) in Lattakia province is one of the different civil society associations in Syria which provide vital humanitarian assistance and long-term care, mainly to the families affected by the crisis in Syria.

Workshop on Rehabilitating Children Recruited by Armed Groups

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The Syrian Commission for Family and Population Affairs in cooperation with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) yesterday held a workshop on children rights plus child recruitment and ways to rehabilitate affected children and integrate them into society educationally.

Participants in the workshop, titled "how to deal with recruited children", stressed the importance of reactivating civil society work as to face the negative impacts of the crisis on the entire society, provide protection to children, prepare awareness programs and rehabilitate the children who were recruited in the areas held by the armed terrorist groups.

The Flower of victory

 I did not know that Euphrates would one day water the flowers of victory that spread throughout Syria.

I did not imagine that the water of the great Euphrates that grow up cotton and wheat and gives good and prosperity  to Syria will distribute flowers of victory and martyrdom to every part of the country.

The floods that cleaned  the desert from terror have left patches of pure water so that the anemones can sprout in the places where the martyrs have shed their sacred blood in the sand of those deserts.

From Deir al-Zour, this time, the rose of victory was flowered. The  flower that grew far away in the south in Al-Sweida city. The city of heroes , where the creators of independence and the struggle against French colonialism were born, on the land of Sultan Pasha Al-Atrash.

He moved to defend every spot in Syria that has been defiled by terrorism from the suburbs of Damascus to Homs ending in Deir al-Zour. There, where he spent three years of siege alone with a few men who did not give up or despair fighting terrorists and defending the dignity of their country. They remained steadfast  until the army arrived, the Syrian Arab Army which broke the siege and achieved victory.

The Lion of battles completed his victories. He said to all of those who met him: "I am here to make victory for Syria and its people ... I am here with my comrades, either a martyr or a victor".

Today he returns to the land of heroes as a martyr. He is received by the land of men, which has been known throughout the history  as the factory of heroes.

The martyr's wedding was first held in Damascus since he was its righteous son who grew up in its neighborhood then it moved to Sweida where he was born.

There the hero is buried alongside the heroes of Syria , the heroes of the history of victory and independence.

Sadness prevailed in every house in Syria for parting  the man whom they loved and emotionally involved in his ambitions and victories.

Euphrates as Barada and Al-Assi cried the loss of the hero just like the black stones there in Sweida where the martyr lies peacefully.

Peace and mercy be upon you Syria's dear martyr Major General Issam Zahruddin.

Amal Farhat – from Homs to the Syria times




Social Affairs Ministry, European NGOs Discuss Cooperation

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Rema Qadri has discussed with a visiting delegation representing European Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) the prospects of cooperation.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the minister said that aid to be offered by the delegation’s members will help offer better services to Syrian people.

“The presentation made by the ministry during the meeting will be a search engine for cooperation with the delegation in order to fill any shortage,” Qadri declared, pointing out that there is a need to support development programs and activities to empower family and to offer all types of services to Persons with Disabilities and wounded Syrian soldiers.