ZALLIN, Syria — On International Women’s Day, 8 March, the Syriac Women’s Union (SWU) of North and East Syria held an event in Zalin (Qamishli) that included a march in which women from Syriac institutions and representatives of feminist institutions and organizations across the region participated.
The march started from the SWU headquarters in Zalin and ended in the square in front of the Syriac Cultural Association. After observing for a minute of silence commemorating the souls of martyrs, several speeches were delivered by representatives of the SWU, Beth Nahrin Women’s Protection Forces (HSNB), Sutoro (Syriac Security Forces) Woman, and the Syriac Union Party (SUP).
The speakers stressed the importance of role played by Syriac woman politically, socially, economically, and culturally at all levels.
After that, the SWU delivered a statement praising the efforts made by Syriac women and their struggle to ensure the rights of the Syriac (Aramaean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people.
The event was concluded with traditional dabkeh dancing led by the Inana Syriac Band. Women in attendance sang Syriac folk songs alongside the band.
The event was secured by the Sutoro.
The SWU also participated in a celebration held in the village of Himo in the countryside of Zalin, attended by women from all components of North and East Syria.