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Our Own Stories: Syrian Women Organize for Justice
Mar 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm$15 – $25
Global Fund for Women, and the World Affairs Council Seattle and The Channel Foundation are co-hosting a lunch featuring women activists from Syria catered by Syrian-Lebanese restaurant Mamnoon. $15 ($25 non-member).
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 us for a panel discussion luncheon 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. Activists Rula Asad of the Syrian Female Journalists’ Network, and Anna Fleischer, of Women Now for Development, 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.
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