Freitag, 27. September 2013

Women in the Syrian Crisis

"September 27, 2013, 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Location: U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW Washington, DC 20037

From dismal refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, to the dangerous Syrian cities and countryside, Syrian women are on the frontlines daily -- some as freedom fighters and as mothers, others as civil society activists and political change agents.

Nadim Shehadi, at the London-based think tank Chatham House, suggests that the role of women in this revolution is indispensable and that the opposition cannot succeed without them. Indeed, most wars are not fought by men alone, but rarely do we give credence to women's efforts in war and peace.

In that light, 13 years ago, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 1325 to ensure that the world recognizes the inordinate burden of war on women as well as their critical role in peacebuilding.

On Friday, September 27th the U.S. Institute of Peace, in coordination with the International Republican Institute's Women's Democracy Network and Hivos, will host an expert discussion with Syrian women leaders who will highlight women's roles in the current political context and the challenges they face.

The panel will feature:

Sabah Alhalak, Panelist
Syrian's Women's League

Dr. Bassma Kodmani, Panelist
Arab Reform Initiative and Syrian Women's Network

Oula Ramadan, Panelist
Syrian Women's Network

Steve Heydemann, Moderator
U.S. Institute of Peace

Manal Omar, Discussant
U.S. Institute of Peace

Kathleen Kuehnast, Welcome and Introductions
U.S. Institute of Peace

Video, still photography, and audio recording are not permitted at this event.


Please contact Shannon Zimmerman at 202-429-3822 or with any general questions about this event.

Media Journalists should contact Steven Ruder at or Allison Sturma at"

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