Civil society organisation Taa Marbouta organised a workshop for women at Al-Hol IDP camp on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The workshop brought together displaced women from both Syria and Iraq stranded at the Al-Hol camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in the Hasakah Province of north-eastern Syria. Civil society groups focused on women’s issues, notably Taa Marbouta and the Free Women’s Endowment, organised the workshop for the benefit of women living in the camp. The focus of the workshop was on the place of women in society and public as issues related to violence against women.
“Today we have launched a project on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in partnership with the Taa Marbouta Organization. We gave a joint lecture and about 50 women participated, as many Syrian and Iraqi women came from the camp. Then, we dyed white cloth in orange, the symbol of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and there was good interaction between the participants”, commented Yasmin Uthman, a member of the Free Women’s Endowment.
Women have been central to efforts by civil society organisations in the re-modelling of people’s perceptions of women in society and their place in public life. Organisations focused on women’s issues have had the space to develop in northern and eastern Syria during the past few years of autonomy in those regions.
Several activities, workshops and seminars have been organised tailored to the women of the region who have suffered from displacement, ISIS terrorism and patriarchal societal norms. For instance, the Syrian Women’s Council and UN Women organised a workshop last year to stress the importance of establishing the high status of women in Syrian society in the post-ISIS era.
Aside from awareness campaigns, there are other projects focused on improving women’s practical abilities, providing them with the skills to function in public and become independent and self-sufficient in a society where the role of women has for a long time been relegated to the domain of the home.