Speaking Out: Women's Voices from Syria | Institute for War and Peace Reporting


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.

Private transportation for a whole family in the al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo. (Photo: Salah al-Ashqar)
Narjes al-Hamawia
20 May 17
When the people have left, only death and destruction remain.
Women learn how to read and write in a literacy course in Idlib's countryside. (Photo: IWPR)
Lilas Hashem
10 May 17
Will my sad neighbour ever get to hold her children again?
(Photo: Syria Stories)
Safaa Al-Farhat
29 Apr 17
A mother wonders when the tide of blood will stop.
An elderly woman is examined in the internal medicine clinic at the Hospital of Jerusalem in Aleppo. (Photo: Abu Mujahid Abu al-Jud)
Fatima Bakkur
24 Apr 17
Overcoming disability to help others.
An elderly woman waiting for the water tanker to ask for supplies for her house. (Photo: IWPR)
Haneen Al-Mouhamed
16 Apr 17
A young woman witnesses Islamic State brutality for the first time.
An elderly woman rests in the Aleppo neighbourhood of Kallaseh before continuing on her way home. (Photo: Syria Stories)
Roula Abdel Karim
11 Mar 17
A family's homecoming turns sour.
Two women walk through the al-Shaar neighbourhood. (Photo: Hussam Kuwaifatieh)
Farah Youssef
8 Mar 17
Where is the space for a woman to mourn the loss of her friend?
8 Mar 17
Three stories give a rare insight into a side of Syria often absent from the news.
A woman walks in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood. (Photo: Syria Stories)
Mariam Ibrahim
8 Mar 17
Amid the turmoil of civil war, a young woman finds herself repeating her mother's tragedy.
A woman and her daughter cross the street in front of a destroyed building in the al- Marja neighbourhood. (Photo: Hussam Kuwaifatiyeh)
Mariam Ibrahim
8 Mar 17
Displaced and impoverished by war, a mother-to-be desperately seeks help.