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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 Damascus Bureau website.

A woman buys vegetables from a street vendor in Aleppo’s Al-Shaar neighbourhood. (Photo: Baraa al-Halabi)
Ghada al-Sayed Issa
10 Oct 16
The story of one woman's political awakening.
A woman in Aleppo’s Seif al-Dawla neighbourhood. (Photo: Hussam Kuwaifatiyeh)
Alaa al-Zuhouri
7 Oct 16
Despite the danger, it was impossible to leave everything behind.
A woman and her child walk through a market in Aleppo’s Al-Shaar neighbourhood. (Photo: Hussam Kuwaifatiyeh)
Amina al-Yousef
6 Oct 16
A young woman waits for a desperately-needed operation.
Children playing in Aleppo. (Photo: Salah al-Ashqar)
Eman Mohammed
5 Oct 16
There is nowhere to hide when regime troops move into the city.
A photograph of Zabadani taken from Al-Zabadani facebook page.
Nour Ahmad
3 Oct 16
The pain of leaving your entire life behind.
A woman and her children inspect their bombed-out house in Aleppo’s Al-Mashad neighbourhood. (Photo: Salah al-Ashqar)
Maram Saad
19 Sep 16
Trapped at home by tanks and mortar shells.
Syrian female footballers. (Photo: Damascus Bureau)
Shafan Ibrahim
15 Apr 16
Female players aim to win matches and challenge attitudes.
Women in Aleppo express frustration at getting insufficient supplies from a humanitarian organisation. (Photo: Salah al-Ashqar)
Hala al-Homsi
15 Apr 16
Listening out for danger, both night and day.
A memorial in Kfar Nabel honouring the town’s fallen citizens. (Photo: Damascus Bureau)
Hiba al-Aboud
8 Mar 16
How do you celebrate under the risk of constant bombardment?
A woman and her daughter cross the street close to ruins in Aleppo’s Al-Marja neighbourhood. (Photo: Hussam Kuwaifatiyeh)
Samah Samad
22 Feb 16
A rare chance to celebrate amid bombing and bereavement.

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