WILPF International, along with other European and international non-governmental organisations participated in the founding conference of the Syrian Women’s Network (SWN) that took place in Cairo from the 23rd until the 25th of May, 2013. It was attended by 140 participants from inside and outside of Syria. The network includes non-governmental organisations and individuals representing the diversity of all regions of Syria, various generations and professional experiences.

Objective of the Network

The objective of the network is to attain democracy, human rights, peace reconciliation, and the participation of women in decision-making both in the transitional period and in the new Syria. The network wants women to be an influential power in a democratic transition process for a liberated, unified and sovereign Syria, a state of equal citizenship, and to abolish all forms of discrimination especially against women. Read more here.

Including Syrian Women in mediations and negotiations

WILPF demands the inclusion of Syrian women in any negotiations and decision-making related to peace, security and human rights. In an effort to advance Syrian women’s inclusion in the expected peace talks in Geneva this June, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has partnered with the NGOs listed below to urge foreign affairs ministers and high officials to include Syrian women in all forthcoming mediations and negotiations. It is our hope that by working collectively with international leadership we can not only include Syrian women in all mediation and negotiation of conflict meetings, but also provide Syrian women with the tools they need to fully participate in the peace process.

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Kvinna till Kvinna

Olof Palme International Center

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

Women’s Democracy Network

International Civil Society Action Network