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01/26/2018 . By TIMEP

On a panel moderated by Syria Deeply Managing Editor Alessandria Masi, the changing role of women in the humanitarian, media, and public sectors was discussed.

08/01/2017 . By TIMEP

This report is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership. It first appeared on News Deeply’s website here Syrian Female Students Struggle with ‘Information Gap’ A major barrier for Syria’s female students – both inside and outside the country – is an ‘information gap’ that makes applying for asylum and finding education […]

08/01/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary One in four schools in Syria has been attacked by the Syrian government or by opposition groups, and attendance rates have been reported to be as low at 6 percent in some areas, while rates of enrollment for Syrian refugees range from 52–65 percent in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Low overall enrollment rates, a […]

08/16/2017 . By TIMEP

This report is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership. It first appeared on News Deeply’s website here. Mapping Attacks on Women and Children’s Healthcare in Syria Author: Alessandria Masi, Tomás Pfeffer and Ella Pfeffer Bio: Tomás Pfeffer is a News Deeply intern. Ella Pfeffer is a News Deeply intern. Syria Deeply […]

08/16/2017 . By TIMEP

This report is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership. It first appeared on News Deeply’s website here. For Many Syrian Women, Healthcare is a Matter of Geography Author: Florence Massena and Youmna al-Dimashqi For many Syrian women, destruction of the country’s medical system means access to health facilities can be determined by location. […]

08/16/2017 . By TIMEP

AUGUST 16, 2017 Summary Since the start of conflict in 2011, 57% of Syria’s public hospitals have been damaged, and 37% are no longer functioning; the Syrian government and its allies have perpetrated 90% of these attacks. Women’s health care is sidelined by urgent trauma care, yet prolonged emergencies create issues with family planning, mental […]

09/01/2017 . By TIMEP

This report on violence against women in Syria is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership.

08/01/2017 . By TIMEP

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN DETENTION OCTOBER 4, 2017 Summary As of the end of 2016, at least 8,111 women and 302 girls were being detained by the Syrian government, and at least 39 women had died of torture at the hands of government forces. The Islamic State has arrested at least 693 women and 21 […]

08/01/2017 . By TIMEP

This report is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership. It first appeared on News Deeply’s website here. Rape: A Weapon of War With Long-Term Consequences Authors: Luna Safwan and Sama Masood Sexual violence continues to be used on all sides of the Syrian conflict, but in a society that forces victims […]

Syria's Women
08/01/2017 . By TIMEP

This report is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership. It first appeared on News Deeply’s website here. In Syria’s War Economy, Women Have Become a Form of Currency Authors: Shawn Carrié, Rami Zayat and Alessandria Masi The sale and trade of women in Syria is not a wanton and senseless consequence […]

Syrian Women: Peacebuilding
07/31/2017 . By TIMEP

This report is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership. It first appeared on News Deeply’s website here. Amid War, Women Are Starting to Make a Mark on Syrian Politics Author: Federica Marsi The conflict in Syria has shifted traditional roles within communities and more women are starting to play roles in […]

07/31/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) now comprise 35–40 percent of Kurdish military forces and strive for gender equality both on the battlefield, where they command mixed-sex forces, and at home in Rojava, the Kurdish-controlled region of northern Syria. Inspired in part by the YPJ, other Syrian women have become increasingly visible in security forces […]

07/31/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Research demonstrates that peace agreements tend to last longer with women’s participation in their creation. Yet at the 2014 Geneva II Conference, not a single woman represented the Syrian regime or opposition delegation to the United Nations. Within Syria, women are underrepresented both in national government and local councils, as a result of security […]

07/31/2017 . By TIMEP

This report is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership. It first appeared on News Deeply’s website here. Women at Forefront of Humanitarian Demining Efforts in Syria Author: Alexandra Bradford The explosive remnants of war pose a long-term threat to reconstruction and peacebuilding efforts in Syria. Women, however, are playing a notably […]

08/01/2017 . By TIMEP

This report is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership. It first appeared on News Deeply’s website here. The Fight – and Plight – of Syria’s Female Journalists Author: Anna Lekas Miller The rise of independent Syrian news outlets created more opportunities for women in the media, but many of Syria’s female […]

08/01/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Inside Syria, women are standing in opposition to the Syrian government, the Islamic State, and patriarchal norms by using traditional crafts, like weaving and storytelling, to call for peace and equality. Amid escalating violence, a large part of the Damascene art community has moved to Beirut, where it currently flourishes, but refugees are also […]

08/01/2017 . By TIMEP

This report is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership. It first appeared on News Deeply’s website here. Women at the Forefront of Saving Syria’s Heritage Authors: Florence Massena and Arwa al-Basha Syrian women at home and abroad are leading efforts to safeguard Syria’s cultural heritage and ensure that traditions are preserved […]

08/01/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Syria remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for reporters, with 129 media workers and journalists killed since 2011. Local reporters comprised 90 percent of journalist deaths. Despite the dangers, there are at least 196 active, non-state media outlets in Syria as of 2016. Of those organizations, 37 percent are pro-regime, […]

08/02/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary As of January 2016, 80 percent of the Syrian population was living below the poverty line, and the youth unemployment rate was about 78 percent, compounding many of the challenges facing Syrian women. The number of female-headed households has increased dramatically both inside and outside the country, with many men having died, been injured, […]

08/02/2017 . By TIMEP

This report is part of TIMEP-News Deeply’s Syria’s Women: Policies & Perspectives partnership. It first appeared on News Deeply’s website here The Shifting Role of Women in Syria’s Economy Author: Daniel Hilton The Syrian war has transformed women’s role in the workforce, giving way to opportunities previously reserved for men. As women take on more […]

When antigovernment demonstrations in Syria began in 2011, Syrian women took part in protests standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Syrian men. Since then, women have been involved in all aspects of the conflict and Syrian society in general, from fighting, peacebuilding, and political negotiations to culture, economics, and education.

Six years into the war, it has become clear that women have an essential role to play in finding a solution to the conflict and building the country’s future. Today, the issues women face cannot be separated from the major issues facing Syria and the manner in which it moves forward.

But the toll of war has been devastating, even more acutely so for women. The issues they face have become increasingly complex in light of the years of fighting and the widespread humanitarian crisis. As with so many other elements of Syrian society, complex problems and a lack of nuanced understanding have led to stereotypes and generalizations about Syrian women. And as a result, women in Syria have largely been understood only in the context of the barriers they face or the violations carried out against them.

In reality, they are far more resilient and capable.

“To be a woman in Syria today means to be a woman of steel,” female Syrian Civil Defense volunteer Manal Abazied wrote. “A Syrian woman doesn’t break no matter the circumstances.”

Syria Deeply and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) explore the issues facing Syrian women, such as access to education, women’s role in the economy, peacebuilding efforts, violence against women, health, and arts and culture. Through in-depth, multimedia reports and policy briefs, we aim to provide a platform for new and diverse perspectives of Syrian women to foster a deeper understanding of their essential role among policymakers and the public.