Aid & Development

Workshops Set Up For Syrian Women On Countering Violent Extremism


"I have benefited a lot, women must be strong and have a personality and an entity. All women have the right to claim their rights." In Syria's northern Ein Issa Camp, women have been learning about their role in society and the efforts that they can take to combat extremism.

Continuing their educational work in the Ein Issa Camp, the Taa Marbouta Civil Society Organisation has established a series of workshops to teach Syrian women in the camp about how to counter violent extremism. The workshops, which were conducted as part of a broader series of educational workshops that the Taa Marbouta Organisation has been setting up in the camp, are aimed at empowering women to play a stronger role in society.

“Today, we held a training workshop on combating extremism and inciting violence,” said Afin Shiekhmous, the lecturer conducting the workshop. “It is imperative to explain to women in Ain Issa camp how they can combat extremism and the incitement of violence, and how to fight it.”

According to the organisers, many people in society believe that women are not able to play a role in countering violent extremism. After this workshop, however, they were able to show that all women can use their strengths and personalities to play a role in building a society that is not easily overcome by extremist ideology.

The women attending the workshops say that they have benefited a lot and will now reflect on what they have learned in their respective societies.

“I have benefited a lot. Women should not be oppressed and accept the loss of their rights,” said Ghada Nuweikh, a resident of the Ein Issa Camp. “Women must play an active role, raise their children correctly, and demand their rights.”

Throughout the past few years, various organisations have held workshops in the Ein Issa camp to educate and advance the society living there.

Founded in April 2016, the camp hosts thousands of internally displaced Syrians who fled areas of Raqqa Province, including Raqqa City itself, following the emergence of ISIS.

Despite the defeat of the group in Raqqa in October 2017, many residents have refused to return to their homes due to the lack of services and infrastructure there.

As a result, local and international organisations are attempting to rehabilitate and help those living in camps so that they can play a significant role in rehabilitating their towns and cities upon return.