Syrian Women in Civil Society and Politics
April 29, 2016 – The Middle East Institute (MEI), with support from the Asfari Foundation, was pleased to host Syrian civil society activists Salma Kahale (Dawlaty) and Oula Ramadan (Badael Foundation) for a discussion about Syrian women in activism and politics.
Women have played remarkable roles throughout the Syrian crisis, including as protesters, civil society leaders, organizers, and civil defense volunteers. At the same time, they are struggling to re-define their current and future place in Syrian society. Kahale and Ramadan head Syrian NGOs working in areas outside of regime control. They shared their experiences regarding the role of women activists in Syria and the need for their increased participation in peace talks. Leila Hilal moderated the discussion.