Speaking Out: Women's Voices from Syria
Years active: 2015-2018
Women are among the hardest-hit by the war in Syria, yet many play vital roles in the struggle for human rights, gender equality, reconciliation and social justice.
IWPR’s Speaking Out project provides a space for female writers to share their experiences of daily life both in Syria or as refugees abroad. It is a platform where they can publish their views at a time when they struggle to be heard amid ongoing atrocities, mass displacement, collapsing public services, and personal tragedies.
The blog posts are written and published in Arabic and also translated into English for publication here and on IWPR’s Syria Stories website.
Achieving My Dream of Learning English
Defying conservative customs to continue studying.
An Unfriendly Welcome
A woman follows her fighter husband to live among strangers.
Underage Girls Recruited to Kurdish Forces
Concerns that military forces are using child soldiers.
From Idlib to Aleppo
A journey filled with bribes and interrogations.
Divorced for Failing to Have Children
The brutal consequences of not meeting society's expectations.
The Fate of a Girl
An ordinary teenager, doomed to the fate of a social outcast.
Syria: IWPR Women's Centre Re-opens
Staff and users defy bomb damage to continue their activities.
Syria: Empowering Women Politically
A peace workshop defies conservative local attitudes.
An Unfinished Love Story
A young woman's dreams are shattered by the war.