The Anna Hiya advocacy group held a conference to end violence against women in the town of Kafranbel in Idlib province on Tuesday. The conference, which brought together 25 female activists, featured a film on victims of gander-based violence in Syria.
Coordinator of the conference, Zakia Al-Mahmoud, told Smart News Network that the conference came as the result of intensive work for an initiative to raise awareness about violence against women and as part of research into forms of violence in the Syrian society.
Al-Mahmoud explained that the conference aims to make the voice of the abused women heard loud and clear. She pointed out that the film which was put on display during the conference featured two female victims as an example of the rampant gender-based violence in the Syrian society.
Last month, a number of women in Idlib province marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which falls on November 25 in order to enhance the role of women in society and raise awareness about the various forms of violence.
Participants in the global Campaign to End Violence against Women held signs that read ‘violence is a sign of weakness,’ ‘be gentle to your kinswomen,’ ‘protect her,’ ‘do not cause her harm,’ and ‘end gender-based violence everywhere.’
Ana Hiya’s campaign aims to combat violence against women in Syria and to encourage the victims to speak up against abuse. It also aims to reject all forms of violence by finding local mechanisms to end violence against women. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)