A delegation from the Syrian Coalition took part in the First Syrian Forum for Societal Empowerment which was organized by the Syrian Humanitarian Institute for National Empowerment on Tuesday in Istanbul.
Naghm la-Ghadri, Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, stressed the Syrians’ need for programs that provide them with knowledge and the tools necessary to rebuild the Syrian society. She said that the Syrian society was severely damaged and millions have been displaced as a result of the Assad regime’s war on the Syrian people backed by its Iranian and Russian allies.
The forum was hosted by former Tunisian president Munsif al-Marzouqi and leader of the Egyptian Al-Ghad Party Ayman Nour.
The Institute announced that the forum aims to empower Syrians with knowledge and tools they need to lay the foundations of a developed society, sustainable development, and the values of citizenship.
International experts in the field of societal empowerment spoke about their experience in six topics: The role of the state and public sector institutions, the role of political parties, the role of educational institutions, the role of international organizations, the role of corporations and the private sector, and the role of youth organizations in societal empowerment.
The forum was attended by nearly 200 leaders from the Syrian community, representatives of local councils inside Syria, specialists, academics, researchers, trainers, Syrian non-profit organizations, political and legal figures, activists in the field of societal empowerment as well as activists and academics from across the Arab world.
The opening of the forum was also attended by ambassadors and representatives of different countries, including the Turkish government and representatives of international and local NGOs. (Source: Syrian Coalition)