In the town of Shaddadi, Hasakah Province, Syria, training courses are being conducted and organised in order to empower women. The participants in these courses express their happiness that they are able to play a role in Hasakah's society.
In the town of Shaddadi, Hasakah Province, northeastern Syria, a training course has been set up to empower Syrian women to express their views and ideas and to further their role in society in Syria’s post-war phase. The course, which is taught by female teachers, lecture the students on women’s political, social, economic and military history. In addition, the students are taught about the military achievements of women on the battlefield, both in Syria and elsewhere.
“We conducted these courses in order to strengthen the personalities of [these] women and empower them to give their opinion and express their thoughts and freedoms as they please,” said Nisreen Issa, one of the course teachers. “This lesson was inspired [by issues] that women have been facing in all aspects of their lives since 5,000 years ago until this day. [We paid special attention to women] in the 21st century, and what women have achieved and accomplished, such as the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), who fought battles alongside men.”
It is hoped that through the empowerment of women, they can rise above the restrictive societal and cultural expectations that many women experienced in their hometowns. In nearby Raqqa City, the emancipation of women has led to the city hiring its first female Chief of Police in the Municipality Police Force. In Hasakah, civil rights campaigners and members of the local Civil Council hope that women can achieve similar leading and authoritative roles in towns and cities across the province.
“We participated in these courses to enter the community as employees and teachers in boards and departments,” said Reem Alahmed, a student of the women’s empowerment course. “The woman has a big role and like the man, she has self-management; she is equal [to men]. We are able to continue this journey [towards the liberation of women] with confidence.”