The objective of the Syrian Women’s Network is to attain democracy, human rights and peace and to increase women’s participation in the peace process. SWN brings together organisations and individuals inside and outside Syria who represent a diversity of regions, generations, ethnic groups, and professional affiliations.
The network advocates that the Syrian regime must release all prisoners of conscience and lift the sieges of Syrian cities. They are also engaged in working to improve the situation in refugee camps in Syria and in neighbouring countries, especially with regard to women’s vulnerability.
The Palme Center also works, in cooperation with the Paris-based institute Arab Reform Initiative, to prepare Syrians for a transition to a peaceful Syria. We support individuals in different fields that are essential for the reconstruction of the country in a project called Tahdir, financed by Sida and the EU Commission.
Tahdir means preparation in Arabic and the project provides Syrian professionals with web-based training in Urban planning and sustainable development, law and social security reform as well as local administration. The objective is to provide professional Syrians with the tools to participate and lead the transition to a peaceful, democratic and inclusive Syria.
Syria is a dictatorship which has been under the leadership of the Baath Party since 1963. During the Arab Spring in 2011, pro-democracy activists demonstrated for political change. The regime responded with violence and the situation developed into a civil war between the government and a number of rebel groups. The rebel side is now deeply divided and varies from moderate groups who want regime change and democracy to Islamist groups such as IS and al-Qaeda linked Jabhat al Nusra.