President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) Nasr al-Hariri sent a letter to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, regarding the formation of the Syrian Women’s Commission and the National Youth Commission in the liberated areas as independent national institutions.
The SOC stressed the SOC’s belief in “the role of Syrian women and Syrian youth, their capabilities, and their legitimate right to establish and build a free democratic Syria, we hope that the “Syrian Women’s Commission” and the “National Youth Commission” will be a nucleus that guarantees their participation in building a pluralistic, democratic Syrian state.
He called on the UN envoy to support “this strategic project that extends beyond the political transition, and aims to consolidate the role of Syrian women and Syrian youth in the political process based on the Geneva Communiqué and Security Council Resolutions 2118 and 2254.”
Moreover, al-Hariri called for intensifying the “efforts to support the role of women and youth and give them an opportunity to participate in all institutions and decision-making centers, with the aim of reaching a democratic, pluralistic Syria in which justice prevails and the principle of equal citizenship and equal opportunities are realized.”
He said that the move followed extensive deliberations, workshops and several forums organized by the Women’s Office in the SOC, and after the conclusions reached by Syrian women forums that were held recently in the liberated Syrian areas.”
He said that the National Women’s Commission aims to look after women’s affairs and working to guarantee their constitutional and legal rights and political, social, economic and legal empowerment to ensure their access to active participation in taking over tasks and decision-making, and working with the aim of improving the status of Syrian women inside and outside Syria.
He pointed out that the National Youth Commission is as an independent national institution, that works on providing a societal environment that embraces and motivates youth initiatives, enhances their capabilities, and ensures that Syrian youth are partners, producers and contributors to making the political decision. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)