On Syrian Women’s Plight, We Need Your Help

Over two million Syrians have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries.

Over two million Syrians have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries. Photo: Warvin/Safin Hamid

I was invited to talk at the ‘US/EU Role in the Middle East, Focus on Syria” discussion via Google hangout organized by The New Discussion, two days ago. My talk was mainly focused on Syrian women’s plight which is one of the most under-reported sides of the conflict in Syria.

After working at The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation for more than 7 months (Feb. – Aug. 2013), I’m very aware of how this conflict is causing a huge destruction to the Syrian nation and women are the ones who would – already are – be getting the greatest harm. What I also worry about is the little women’s representation in the ongoing conflict resolution/negotiation process. We hardly see women’s faces in those negotiations’ tables. The conflict is not over yet to bring the attention to women’s participation in the peace talks, but the current dynamics give us hints of how women could or not be present in those talks.

In the meantime, Syrian women refugees have been pouring to neighbouring countries and to other different parts of the world. Let’s not forget to continue solidarity with them and help with whatever we can. Among the enormous support initiatives, here is The Kvinna till Kvinna’s latest work in that regard. Your help, whether small or big, can make a difference!