After the end of the sessions of the Syrian Women’s Council forum under the title “Women in the light of the Syrian cisis: repercussions, resistance, prospects” the repercussions of the Syrian crisis on women in their social, psychological, economic and human rights dimensions. They also discussed addressing the repercussions of the Syrian crisis on Women, and the means of reducing and preventing them. The Forum ended by reading its final statement.
The statement was read by the Syrian Women’s Council, Coordinator Lina Barakat, in which she said:
“At the invitation of the Syrian Women’s Council under the title (Forum on Women in the shadow of the Syrian crisis: repercussions, resistance, prospects), a forum was held in Amuda, Al-Jazeera canton and it included 160 personalities. Women politicians, military leaders, researchers, academics and representatives of the civil society organizations and organizations across Syria. The participants discussed throughout the day the repercussions of the Syrian crisis in its various social, psychological, economic, human rights and legal dimensions on Syrian women, ways to reduce them and how to preserve the gains of women during the crisis, and the resistance they showed on military, political and diplomatic levels through their participation and interventions.
In addition, the participants valued the leading role of women in the northeastern regions of Syria and in all fields, particularly the Women’s Protection Units in ending ISIS geographically and on the ground.
We in the management of the Syrian Women’s Council, while we express our deep thanks and appreciation for all the valuable participations, interventions and inquiries raised by the participants, we submit to the local and international public opinion our recommendations, which are one of the most important points agreed upon during the forum sessions with the aim of addressing and reducing the repercussions of the Syrian crisis on women by adopting and formulating strategies and tactics that will strengthen women’s resistance to the policies of tyranny and enslavement practiced against them and achieve more gains and bring security and peace to the region, the recommendations are as follows:
- Activation of the charters of the organization of the international community in the face of violations against women would put an end to the violations against Syrian women, particularly by fanatic groups and Turkish-backed Islamist groups.
- Putting an end to the interventions of regional states, particularly the Turkish state in the Syrian internal affairs, would stop the crimes against women in Syria in general and northern Syria, particularly in the occupied territories (Afrin, Idlib, Seri Kania (Ras al-Ain), Gire Spi (Tal Abyad), A’azaz, Al-Bab, Jarabulus, and others.
- The violations committed against women in the context of the crisis in the country amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, which requires the establishment of a special international criminal court to prosecute all parties involved in these violations and to protect women and ensure their rights in accordance with humanitarian covenants and international covenants.
- The processes of demographic change and ethnic cleansing throughout the Syrian geography, particularly in the areas occupied by the Turkish State and its mercenaries, have a profound impact on women and an additional cause of their suffering and deterioration of their mental and physical health and at the same time reinforce the culture of hatred among the Syrian components. This requires organizations, forces, institutions and intellectual elites, both human, political and relief, local, regional and international, to intensify their efforts to reduce these operations and to defame them to force the United Nations and its institutions to carry out their responsibilities towards Syrian women, and this will enhance security and international peace.
- Because of the psychological disorders suffered by women and their rehabilitation and integration into society, there is a need to establish specialized projects and centers for human development and rehabilitation, and it is the responsibility of international organizations and local, regional and international forces to support these centers and projects.
- In the light of the destruction of infrastructure, migration, displacement, and blockade, most women live below the poverty line and find it difficult to secure a living. There is a need to establish economic projects that provide them with employment opportunities and preserve their dignity, and their support rests with international, regional and local forces and organizations.
- Since the victims are women in various areas that have witnessed battles and conflicts between the armed opposition and the Syrian government and those areas which occupied by the Turkish state, they have been subjected to almost the same crimes and violations so that women can protect their freedom and rights. There is a need for a political and human rights system. A new social umbrella for all Syrian women’s rights organizations, institutions and centers.
- Since the victims are women in various areas that have witnessed battles and conflicts between the armed opposition and the Syrian government and those occupied by the Turkish state, they have been subjected to almost the same crimes and violations so that women can protect their freedom and rights, there is a need for a political and human rights system. A new social umbrella for all Syrian women’s rights organizations, institutions and centers.
- “Women’s active participation in drafting any new national constitution for the country and allowing them to participate in future reconstruction projects will guarantee women’s rights and alleviate their suffering.”