DAYRO ZCURO, Syria — The first General Center for the Women’s Internal Security Forces was opened in Dayro Zcuro (Deir ez-Zor) on Tuesday. The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of civil and local councils and the military forces of North and East Syria. Several speeches were delivered highlighting the importance of the center for the people of the region, especially women.
Member of the General Center in Dayro Zcuro Dalida Kirkukli stated that they opened the center to supervise the remaining branches of Women’s Internal Security Forces in the city.
Member of the Public Archive Amal Ahmed al-Hussein stated that the goal of opening the center is to help coordinate the various women’s forces in the region, in addition to facilitating the collection of all records and archives of the local centers.
She welcomed the opening of the center and emphasized that the General Center and its branches would be places to receive, defend, and protect women.
The significance of the command center is that it represents an attempt to create a more emancipated culture in a region known for its conservative Arab Sunni identity, with tribes considered the dominant social unit in the rural areas of the province. Dayro Zcuro was also the last area in which the Islamic State (ISIS), known locally as “Daesh”, had control of territory before it was defeated by the SDF with the backing of the U.S.-led International Coalition.