Syrian Women League
The Syrian Women League (SWL) is a democratic, feminist, non-government organization established in 1948, and is still active seeking to achieve its vision and goals.
Equal human rights for women and men; and promoting women’s role in sustainable development and building lasting peace
- Spreading the culture of equality in human rights between men and women;
- Empowering women by providing them with knowledge and encouraging them to become involved in civil activism to demand and protect their rights and to effectively contribute to the process of sustainable development;
- Seeking to abolish all kinds of discrimination against women in the family and in society;
- Combating and criminalizing gender based violence;
- Reaching wide and effective women’s participation in political, social, economic, and cultural fields and in decision making positions in all fields and levels;
- Participation of feminist and civil society organizations as active actors in negotiations and the all other stages of the peace building process; and
- Guaranteeing the integration of women’s rights in the Syrian constitution.
A secular democratic Syrian state that is based on equality between citizens, women and men; enjoys societal peace; enjoys full equality between women and men in their human rights; abolishes all kinds of gender based discrimination and violence; and observes the principles of human rights, rule of law, and sustainable peace.
Responding to urgent and strategic needs of Syrian women and girls in general and those affected by the ongoing armed conflict in particular; and empowering women with knowledge via the capacity building program, and legally via advocacy campaigns to amend laws and policies that discriminate against women.
Main work strategies:
Training: participatory training workshops to equip women with knowledge on: gender and different fields of development, participatory leadership skills, and the international conventions on combating violence and discrimination against women. This is done through:
• Training women
• Training young women and men
• Training female feminist activists
• Training civil society activists (men and women)
• Training Syrian women refugees in Lebanon
Transforming the issue of equality between women and men to a general societal issue through: inviting civil society activists (women and men) to the League’s workshop, and reaching out to advocates of enlightenment and democracy and political parties to integrate women’s human rights;
Conducting studies and researches to reveal points of discrimination in laws and general policies and to shed light on the reality lived by Syrian women and girls;
Advocacy campaigns to change discriminatory laws and to propose new laws to protect women from violence;
Writing shadow reports and coordinating reports of non-governmental organizations and presenting these to the relevant committees;
Preparing a feminist vision for future Syria via starting the discussion on the new Syrian constitution and working on the founding principles of the constitution7,
An advocacy campaign to the European Union and European Parliament,
Participating in an advocacy campaign to the United Nations general Assembly meeting (2013) and active participation in establishing ‘Syrian women Initiative for Peace and Democracy” (2014),
Participating in the membership of the ‘Women Advisory Board’ and ‘Civil Society Support Room’, which work with the UN Special Envoy to Syria,
Spreading awareness and organizing training on UNSCR 1325 via training a number of women and men activists from different political backgrounds on 1325 and subsequent annexes and resolution,
Organizing meetings and conferences that invite female feminist activists and women from the public.
Starting the work to mainstream gender in the general justice process which should start after the end of the armed conflict; work here has been based on the principle that achieving justice is a tool to build sustainable societal peace
Working with Syrian women refugees in Lebanon: via empowering women refugees in participatory training workshops and transforming them to leaders in the refugee societies; providing health education for refugee women and facilitating their access to available health services; expanding opportunities for participation in events/bodies related to the Syrian cause; and empowering young women refugees with specific opportunities to learn English and computer skills in Gharsah Centre in Bekaa in Lebanon.