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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.

Women inspect a home in ruins targeted by the regime. (Photo: IWPR)
Inas Mohammed
11 Jul 17
No-one is safe when the warplanes come.
A workshop organised by Basamat. (Photo: Mohammed Ibrahim)
Mohammed Ibrahim
3 Jul 17
Training opportunities open up new horizons for local communities.
An unexploded missile becomes a valuable resource. (Photo: Yazan al-Zaydan)
Hiba al-Aboud
25 Jun 17
Missiles have become a precious resource for local people who can sell the remnants for high prices.
Maha al-Ahmad
10 Jun 17
Both young and old are forced to survive as best they can.
Rubbish recycled every day. (Photo: Maher al-Omar)
Maher al-Omar
10 Jun 17
Collecting and reusing waste has proved to be an unexpected source of income.
Women take part in a demonstration calling on Syrian factions to unite. (Photo: Mujahid Abu al-Joud)
Hanan al-Tawil
3 Jun 17
Hope and unity ends in pain and anger.
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.

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