Syrian military and pro-government forces known as shabiha have arbitrarily detained female opposition activists as well as female relatives and neighbours of pro-opposition activists and fighters, and in a number of cases, subjected them to torture and sexual abuse.
Yesterday, Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) launched a campaign to free what SEO describes ad ‘women prisoners of conscience’.
Read more at Human Rights Watch.
Also read Al Arabia’s coverage and watch video.
Read Syrian Expatriates Organization’s campaign Freedom for Syrian Women Prisoners of Conscience.
While a diplomatic settlement of the Syrian war is unrealistic at present, it remains the only viable option. It will require difficult steps by local, regional and international actors to accommodate competing interests.
Read the new report from International Crisis Group.
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, UN Women’s new report on gender-based violence among Syrian refugees in Jordan finds that rates of early marriage are strikingly high: one-third are married as children.
Read more at UN Women.
Participants in the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference calls for the inclusion of women in the peace process in Syria.
"Syrian women of all ages and ethnicities have been, and continue to be, consistent in demanding and promoting peace and reconciliation, even in the midst of the fighting. They have a right to make those demands to the warring factions in Syria," the statement reads.
Read more at Nobel Women's Initiative.
"I never thought I would marry someone I didn't love, but my family and I have been through some hard times since coming to Amman."
So says Kazal, a young Syrian refugee woman in Jordan. She has just got divorced from a 50-year-old man from Saudi Arabia who paid her family about US $3,100 to marry her. The marriage lasted one week.
Read more at the BBC.
“This displacement is not only about loss of homes and economic security. It is also, for many, accompanied by gender-based crimes, deliberate victimization of women and children and a frightening array of assaults on human dignity,” she says.
Read more at UN News Centre.
Researchers are taking a new path to disclose and keep track of rape in the Syrian conflict.
The Women Under Siege project is live-tracking how sexualised violence is being used in Syria. Part of the tracking is reports on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The project’s crowdmap keeps an up-to-date tally in visual form: Incidents of sexual violence are represented by dots on a map – the larger the dot, the more reports of rape.
Go to the Women Under Siege’s Syrian crowdmap
Read more about Women Under Siege
A woman approached me as I was rushing toward the D.C. Metro after giving a talk on rape in Syria last month. She asked in a low voice if she could share some information. She had DVDs, she said. On them were testimonies of Syrian women who'd been raped; in particular, a mother, a daughter and a sister all in one family.
Read more at cnn.com
Among the dozens of Facebook groups spawned by the Syrian uprising, a page supporting women's rights has suddenly received a wave of attention, because of an image posted there by one of its followers. The picture was of 21-year-old Dana Bakdounis, without the veil she had grown up wearing - and it polarised opinion.
Read more at bbc.co.uk