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Laws and customs reduce domestic violence and build for participatory life

Women’s laws, customs and traditions which are in force in the northeast of Syria have contributed to reducing violence against women, and participatory life under the imposed quarantine by the global pandemic.

China’s Wuhan province which witnessed the coronavirus late last year has turned into a global pandemic, claiming thousands of lives worldwide amid vain efforts to find antibodies to date, so as a precautionary measure to curb the virus, WHO has recommended quarantine as the best prevention.

However, the quarantine had several repercussions, such as the domestic violence. According to reports of the women’s rights organizations and the United Nations, the majority of women in European and Middle Eastern cities are subjected to domestic, posing a risk on social and family dissension and a change in the usual lifestyle.

Through its Secretary-General António Guterres, the United Nations has called for measures to address the global boom in the domestic violence.

However, the situation in the northeast of Syria is quite different in terms of the marital differences due to the close family relations and maintaining the family cohesion and the link between family and relatives. 2014 law which was passed after declaring the Autonomous Administration have contributed significantly in reducing  women’s abuse by training men and women on the principle of respect, equality, rights, and establishing laws that limit violence.

Given the family life in northern and eastern Syria under the curfew, we see strong family relations and cooperation among their members since  March 23rd curfew.

“Customs and laws have reduced domestic violence

“There were no disputes between me and my husband, not only during the curfew, but during our married life as a result of the mutual respect that we gained from our parents,”  Zahra Abdul Karim, a resident of  Arbawiya neighborhood in Qamishlo told ANHA.

“If there is any problem, we avoid intense debate, and we cooperate in the work of the house. We have been married for 30 years. We have drawn up broad lines between us to avoid marital disputes and problems despite a few minor differences,” her husband Rafi Abbas said.

“When we follow social media, most of the women in the world are subjected to domestic and physical violence, nonetheless mutual understanding, respect and tradition prevail our relation,” Berivan Badr Mohamed,  a housewife from Hailila said.

The reason for the lack of family differences was the laws on the protection of women applied by the Women’s Administration, as well as through educating men and women and training them in participatory and equal life.

“Women have known their rights and duties, as well as men, so we see that there are few differences compared to other countries,” she said

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