By now the Syrian civil war has raged for years. It pervades almost every news source as the devastating, bloody conflict and humanitarian crisis it is. Let’s put some “current” key facts in place:
But did you know in times of conflict the biggest sufferers are not the men and soldiers on the streets. Those who suffer the greatest are women. Below is an excerpt from WomenWarPeace.org:
In contemporary conflicts, as much as 90 percent of casualties are among civilians, most of whom are women and children. Women in war-torn societies can face specific and devastating forms of sexual violence, which are sometimes deployed systematically to achieve military or political objectives. Women are the first to be affected by infrastructure breakdown, as they struggle to keep families together and care for the wounded. And women may also be forced to turn to sexual exploitation in order to survive and support their families.
Even after conflict has ended, the impacts of sexual violence persist, including unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and stigmatization. Widespread sexual violence itself may continue or even increase in the aftermath of conflict, as a consequence of insecurity and impunity. Coupled with discrimination and inequitable laws, sexual violence can prevent women from accessing education, becoming financially independent and from participating in governance and peacebuilding.
Moreover, women continue to be poorly represented in formal peace processes, although they contribute in many informal ways to conflict resolution. In recent peace negotiations, for which such information is available, women have represented fewer than 8 percent of participants and fewer than 3 percent of signatories, and no woman has ever been appointed chief or lead mediator in UN-sponsored peace talks. Such exclusion invariably leads to a failure to adequately address women’s concerns, such as sexual and gender-based violence, women’s rights and post-conflict accountability.
Additionally, the UN has published several papers on this subject encouraging women’s involvement in peace-keeping talks. This press release on Congo WOMEN SUFFER DISPROPORTIONATELY DURING AND AFTER WAR, SECURITY COUNCIL states that women would be a pivotal point in conflict resolution.
With this awareness in mind, show your support for female Syrian refugees at Thursday’s brilliant music event at Yukunkun in Gemmayze, “A Night For Syrian Women Refugees.” The event’s description states the 20,000LL ticket goes to “The Basmeh wa Zeitooneh NGO which already has a center in Chatila with various activities for Syrian children and women refugees. The price of the ticket will be entirely given to a project for women, in order for them to earn a stable income.”
The cause itself stands alone as a reason to go, but the festivities are also worth your while. Some of the best musical acts bursting out of Lebanese these days will be performing, many of whom we have had the pleasure of hosting on our Radio Show:
And more! Ceasar K (Breaks / Electronica) ; NEO (Deep House / Electronica) ; Saïd Darwich (Arab Rap)
Thank you to the hosts for this wonderful initiative, good luck to the performers, and most importantly we give our support to all the women affected by this conflict.
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