For years, and especially after 2011 uprising, Syrian women have been pioneering and leading community activism and political organizing inside and outside Syria. They are community leaders, activists, educators, labourers and heads of families. However, despite their indispensable contributions to society, women continue to be vastly under-represented in politics, or at best represented by pro-government or pro-opposition voices only. Independent women have the right to be at the negotiation table and to have a say in shaping their country’s future. “Unheard No More: Women Shaping Syria’s Future” is a campaign launched by Amnesty International to highlight grave gender-based and human rights violations against Syrian women, and to promote effective and equal political participation for Syrian women at local and international levels.
About the Film
“Unheard No More: Women Shaping Syria’s Future” is a short film produced by Amnesty International featuring powerful Syrian women activists sharing their personal and political experiences during and after the 2011 uprising. Currently living in different countries around the world, the women share the valuable work they have been doing for their communities and country, touching upon various gender-based violations and making the case for equal and effective political participation of women in shaping Syria’s future.
Watch the Premiere
Tune in on International Women's Day, Friday 8 March 2019 at 12:00 GMT to watch the online premiere.
Stand in solidarity with the women demanding women’s rights and political participation in Syria.
If world leaders want to see a future in Syria that is free of gender-based violence and systemic discrimination, they need to listen to the people who are affected by it the most.
Syrian women have been largely cut out from the political process, including the peace negotiations that started in 2011. This means they can’t speak publicly about their experiences or take positions of influence in discussions will impact their everyday lives.
They are worried that the lack of women’s participation in local, national and regional governments will have disastrous effects on the future of human rights, especially for women and girls, and are demanding that they be allowed to fully participate in processes to shape Syria’s future.
Women pay a disproportionate price for conflict, where they are subjected to multiple violations and abuses, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and gender-based violence. That’s why Syrian women are standing up as leaders in their communities, coming from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, organising around a promise that women’s voices will be part of processes that protect all Syrians from violence regardless of their gender.
Send Syrian women a message of solidarity, telling them that you believe equal and effective representation should be a pillar political processes.