Human Rights

Women Tackle Hate Speech In Northern Syria

Syria

The Taa Marbouta civil society organisation held a workshop on informing women in the Ein Issa camp in Raqqa Province about the dynamics of hate speech in Syria.

The Taa Marbouta Civil Society Organisation has held a workshop in the Ein Issa refugee camp in Syria, which aims to teach women about hate speech in the country. The workshop, which was facilitated by Taa Marbouta in association with other civil society organisations in the region, presented women with examples of hate speech that they faced during ISIS’ control over the region. The workshop also focused on teaching women about the role that they must play to confront this phenomenon.

“We also talked about the role of women in confronting hate speech and the concept of acceptance of the other and how these women can convey these concepts to their children as they raise them,” said Naz Hami, a training facilitator.

The attendees stressed the importance of this workshop, as many of them have not seen this issue addressed adequately before.

“We conducted an awareness session on hate speech, our information was little about the concept of hatred,” said Zeina Ali, a resident of the camp. “We have benefited a lot, and our information has increased about this concept.”

Mothers said that following this training, they will attempt to raise their children with the lessons they learned from this workshop in mind. They stressed that women are the base of society and that for society to flourish, women must educate their children at a young age so that these problems do not continue to the next generation.

“The most important thing is to raise my son properly, despite all the difficulties,” said Eman Nafe’, another attendee of the workshop. “I want to raise my son similar to what I learned from this lesson.”

Throughout the past year, civil society organisations have been attempting to deliver workshops to the residents of Ein Issa, which aim to educate them on issues ranging from extremism, to raising children in post-conflict Syria and harassment.

The Ein Issa camp located in Raqqa Province was established in April 2016, following ISIS’ invasion of the province, which it considered its de-facto capital in Syria.

Since Raqqa’s liberation in October 2017, residents have been slowly returning to their areas only to find them devastated by the liberation battles.

As a result, many displaced people have remained in the camp, awaiting the reconstruction of their towns and villages.

Given that this might take years to complete, civil society organisations and international aid organisations are attempting to deliver aid and education to the residents so that they are not left without support.

These initiatives have been very successful as residents have expressed their happiness with receiving education on issues that are pertinent to their society.

“We love to participate in these sessions so that we can get more information about it,” said Zeina Ali. “It’s better to learn more.”