Peace Heroes: Najlaa El Sheikh Helps Syrian Women Refugees Become Business Owners

“I often dream the jasmine returns to Syria to decorate and perfume our streets.”
As the Syrian regime rained barrel bombs on her hometown in Syria, Najlaa and her family were forced to flee to Turkey where she established the first organization led by a Syrian woman to help other women refugees with literacy, economic empowerment, and psychosocial support.
Peace Hero Najlaa El Sheikh speaks to ICAN about her journey, her work, and her dreams.

Realizing Real Peace in Syria

Amidst the violence, thousands of Syrians are working for peace in their communities but the voices of Syrian civil society and peace actors are missing from the negotiating table.

Breaking the Silence on SGBV in Syria

December 9, 2015: The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) and InterAction held an event on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in the Syrian conflict.Speakers included ICAN Co-Founder and MENA Programming Director, Sussan Tahmasebi, Ambassador Steven...

Case Study: Recruitment of Girls into Militant Groups

Respect the Dignity and Autonomy of Girls:  Stop Recruitment of Girls into Militant Groups This case study is part of the Dignity Campaign, an initiative of the Working Group on Preventing & Addressing Structural Violence Against Women. Background and Context...