The United Nations on Wednesday called for greater efforts to address the needs of more than 7 million women and girls in Syria impacted by the conflict, now approaching its 7th year.
“After six years of conflict, Syria’s family structure has changed dramatically,” said Kevin Kennedy, the UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria. “Women are taking on roles more traditionally associated with men, such as paid labor and heading households.”
“While this leads to greater empowerment, it also increases the risk of violence against women and girls,” Kennedy said. He stressed that responding to the specific needs of Syrian women is an absolute priority for the UN humanitarian community.
The Syrian Coalition saluted women around the world on Wednesday and paid a special tribute to Syrian women. It expressed deep appreciation for their contribution to the revolution.
In a press release issued on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Coalition emphasized the pivotal role Syrian women play in bolstering the steadfastness of the Syrian people and their struggle to achieve freedom, justice, and dignity.
The Coalition said Syrian women have no other option but to stand tall in defending their rights along with the rest of the Syrian people. The Coalition stressed it would continue to work with Syrian women to create a better present and a bright future for Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)