Sharq.Org, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, is running an initiative to help enhance the collaborative participation of Syrian women in peace building and politics.
The war in Syria, much like the Lebanese civil war that preceded it by some decades, has left deep divisions between communities of different faiths, ethnicities, allegiances and geographies. Sustainable peace demands (as affirmed in the WPS agenda) the active engagement of women, and inclusive collaboration across physical, ideological, religious and political divides.
Syria is no longer at war but its millions of displaced and disconnected Syrians are certainly not living in peace. Stability in the country, perhaps even in the region, demands that communities live together in peace. This is challenging when the rhetoric of division and destruction continues to be pushed by warmongers and those in power. The importance of pluralism in promoting peace and stability and the value of women in pursuing this agenda are well documented and the focus and intended outcome of the initiative, entitled ‘Collectiva Souriyat’.
Sharq.Org will develop and nurture a network of 12 Syrian women during the inception phase (Sept-Dec 2021) before expanding and developing the network further in 2022. A call for applicants was published in Arabic on 13 September. Applications will be accepted until 22 September.