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Speaking Out: Women's Voices from Syria

Women are among the hardest-hit by the war in Syria, yet many play vital roles in the struggle for human rights, gender equality, reconciliation and social justice.


IWPR’s Speaking Out project provides a space for female writers to share their experiences of daily life both in Syria or as refugees abroad. It is a platform where they can publish their views at a time when they struggle to be heard amid ongoing atrocities, mass displacement, collapsing public services, and personal tragedies.


The blog posts are written and published in Arabic and also translated into English for publication here and on IWPR’s Syria Stories website.

A woman walking through the Saif al-Dawla neighbourhood. (Photo: Hussam Kuwaifatiah)
Hala al-Abdullah
17 Nov 17
A young woman's dreams are shattered by the war.
A paramedic examines a child at the Syrian civil defence centre in Maarrat al-Nu'man. (Photo: IWPR)
Darin Hassan
26 Oct 17
Defying social prejudice to serve in the civil defence.
An elderly man from Zamalka. (Photo: IWPR)
Reem Said
24 Oct 17
It was a quiet morning. Then the bombing began.
A woman buying vegetables. (Photo: IWPR)
Nahla Mustafa
23 Oct 17
Somehow, you get used to living like this.
A woman from Idlib countryside carrying a child. (Photo: IWPR)
Amal Mohammed
23 Oct 17
A widow is left with few choices.
A dedicated space for driving lessons. (Photo: Mustafa al-Jalal)
Mustafa al-Jalal
17 Oct 17
Bold initiative challenges conservative prejudices.
Teaching sewing in the Darna workshop located in the al-Mashahd neighbourhood in Aleppo. (Photo: Mujahid Abu al-Jud)
Nisreen Zafer
9 Oct 17
There was no other way to give us a chance for a new life.
A woman holding bread in the al-Firdaous neighbourhood. (Photo: Hussam Kuwaifatiah)
Shahd al-Omari
6 Oct 17
Regime soldiers took away our only means of support.
A woman from Idlib countryside shopping in the market. (Photo: IWPR)
Amal Mohammed
11 Sep 17
A war widow is faced with an agonising decision.
Women learning how to read and write in a literacy courses in the Idlib countryside. (Photo: IWPR)
Darine al-Khaled
22 Aug 17
An abrupt end to one woman's beloved career.

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