The tragic situation of Syrian women after nine years of war

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16 June 2020

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has denounced the condition in which Syrian women live as the most tragic and horrific in the world 

The civilian population in Syria has been hit hard by the devastating effects of the conflict that broke out nine years ago. According to SOHR, within the dramatic humanitarian framework, women have suffered and still suffer the consequences of an endless war, being the subject of terrible violations of their own rights.

For example, in Idlib – in northern western Syria – women have been arrested by the regime’s forces or taken as prisoners by jihadist factions, such as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), who gains control over their lives. Moreover, due to the civilian conflict, the illiteracy rate has increased and is currently 30%, the poverty rate of widows or wives whose husbands have disappeared is equal to 90%, while the unemployment rate is about 95%. In other areas of Syria, the humanitarian situation is no less tragic: in the territories controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the civilians cannot survive because of the inaccessible cost of living. In Raqqa, the former capital of the so-called “Caliphate”, women are still subject to tribal traditions and, therefore, perceived as inferior to men. The same occurs in Deir el-Zor - in eastern Syria – where women still suffer from a societal control due to the legacy and system of the “Islamic State” (ISIS) that has prevented girls from receiving a scholar education and has relegated them to a condition of marginalisation.

Humanitarian organizations supported by the European Union and the Women’s Authority, created after the disappearance of ISIS in order to protect women’s rights and fight against all types of violence, have essentially failed in trying to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria. Thus, the SOHR has called on the international organizations to «intervene immediately to save what can be saved, improve the conditions of Syrian women», believing that one of the prerequisites of the rebuilding of Syria is the inclusion of the female component of society, which is its milestone.


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Author: Antonella Palmiotti

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