The village of Salhabiya in Syria has opened a centre for improving the status of women. The centre which supports women from 15 different villages, cares for women's health, economic well-being, and relationship issues.
Women living in parts of northern Syria have been implemented several projects and founded institutions that aim to improve their social and political status in the region. A centre in the village of Salhabia has been set up for that very purpose.
The centre, called the Women’s House, is composed of four separate committees, including the health committee, the reconciliation committee, and a joint economic and management committee. The Women’s House supports rural women from 15 villages around Salhabia.
Women at the centre attend special programmes that raise awareness about women’s rights and to break barriers that have been placed between women and the public sphere of employment and politics.
Space has opened up for the local authorities in Raqqa province to implement strategies aimed at improving the status of rural women in the region as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) cleared out all ISIS elements from the city of Raqqa and its environs in mid-October of 2017. Raqqa was considered to be the de facto capital of ISIS in Syria before the SDF liberation of the city.
The village of Salhabiya itself is situated north of the Euphrates River, a few kilometres west of the city of Raqqa.
Most of Raqqa Province is currently under the political administration of the Democratic Union Party, which has installed the Raqqa Civilian Council, as it has in other areas, such as Hasakah, Deir ez-Zour and Manbij.
The Raqqa Civilian Council has worked to implement projects focusing on women’s rights and services that cater for women in the region following the ISIS era, during which women suffered unprecedentedly.
Several women have since taken up leadership roles in Rojava (the Kurdish name by which the SDF-held areas of northern Syria is called). Today, Syrian women are becoming increasingly visible in not only the public sphere, but the political and military sphere as well.