News stories about Syria in the international media often feature the voices of aid workers, UN policy-makers, and academics; rarely do we hear from Syrians themselves unless they are victims of bombings or refugees fleeing the war. Seldom do we hear first-hand about the hard work Syrian human rights advocates and organizers are doing to strengthen their country. The voices of Syrian women are particularly absent.
Yet Syrian women are powerful leaders in advancing their rights and the rights of their communities. It is critical that they themselves participate in the conversations about—and solutions to—the protracted violence on the ground.
Join the World Affairs Council and the Global Fund for Women for a panel discussion to hear how Syrian women are organizing to gain ownership of their lives, their rights, and their futures as well as those of their communities. Activist Rula Asad of the Syrian Female Journalists’ Network will share with us the realities and priorities of Syrian women-led organizing for human rights and justice in Syria. This panel discussion will shed light on the context of organizing for women’s rights in Syria as well as among displaced Syrian women in Lebanon and Turkey.
About the Speakers:
Rula Asad is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Syrian Female Journalists Network (SFJN). She was born in 1983 in Damascus and holds a degree in journalism from the University of Damascus. She is a freelance journalist and reporter on women and human rights, as well as culture and civil society’s issues from Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. Additionally, Rula Asad has worked as a reporter for Deutsche Welle, Germany, and Radio Netherlands among other media outlets. She is a committed independent journalist/researcher/trainer with special interest and experience in the field of women rights, gender equality in media and development issues in the Middle East. Since 2012, she lives in the Netherlands.
About the Moderator:
Sara Curran is Professor of International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She holds a joint appointment as Professor of Sociology, is Director at the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, another joint appointment at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, and is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Health. Curran researches migration, globalization, gender, climate change and adaptation, and development.
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