A Five-Step Approach

December 28 2013

Working Paper prepared by DemocraShe, Human Rights Watch, ICAN, Kvinna til Kvinna, Oxfam, and WILPF based on consultations with Syrian civil society partners

Summary: The effective participation of women and attention to women’s rights issues is a critical element in achieving a just and sustainable peace in Syria. This paper offers five critical steps to ensuring this outcome in the ongoing international efforts related to the mediation process. These steps also ensure that the foundations are laid for the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions 1325 (2000), 1889 (2008) and 2122 (2013).

 

What The Women Say

“ We are not a project. It is a matter of life for millions of people.”

— Woman peacebuilder

 

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What The Women Say

 

“ Help us talk, don't just arm us to kill.”

— Syrian woman activist

 

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What The Women Say

 

“Do not tell us that it’s not time to fight for our rights. There’s no convenient time; we have to always be fighting.”

— Pakistani women’s rights activist

 

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What The Women Say

 

“State prisons are feeding the pool of foreign fighters… many are radicalized during incarceration.”

— Tajik woman lawyer

 

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What The Women Say

 

“I say Jihad is not spilling or wasting blood in the streets, it is giving blood in hospitals to people who need it.”

— Iraqi woman peacebuilder

 

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