Syrian Women’s Participation in Politics and Civil Society

Syrian Women’s Participation in Politics and Civil Society


Since 2011 and the beginning of the Arab Spring, women’s participation in politics has increased, but compared to men their overall level of participation is still low. Therefore, we will take a look at their positions in political parties and civil society organizations, with a focus on their institutional inclusion in the Syrian peace process. Our panellists will discuss the following questions:

  • What are the obstacles to women’s participation in different contexts (peacebuilding, political transition, or domestic politics)?
  • What is the position of Syrian women in politics and civil society organizations and which difficulties do they face?
  • Has the inclusion of women in politics and civil society improved since the beginning of the Syrian revolution? Which is their political vision for the future?


Tuesday, March 30th 2021
4 pm Berlin time (5 pm Beirut time, 6 pm Istanbul time)
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Sabah Alhallak is a researcher in the fields of gender, citizenship, and women’s rights. She is a board member of the “Syrian Women’s Association” and the “Citizenship League”. Moreover, she is a member of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB) and of the Small Body of the Syrian Constitutional Committee (SCC) for the Middle Third.

Chavia Ali is a human rights activist. She holds a law degree from the University of Aleppo, and a master’s degree in international human rights law from Lund University. In 2000, she established the “Cultural Forum for People with Special Needs” in Syria. Since then, Chavia Ali has not only initiated legal changes and the improvement of living conditions for persons with disabilities in Syria but also became active on the international level. She is a member of the Large Body of the Syrian Constitutional Committee (SCC) for the Middle Third.

Manar Zaiter is a Lebanese lawyer, researcher and activist.

Moderator: Amina El-Gamal



After the panellists’ inputs, it will be possible to ask questions and discuss with the panellists. Click on the “raise hand icon” and wait until we ask you to open your microphone. You can also write your question in the Q&A section, mentioning your name and to whom your question is directed.

Note: This webinar will be recorded and published on our social media channels afterwards.

A webinar of The European Center for Kurdish Studies, in cooperation with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

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