25/11/2022

On International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, Syriac Women’s Union official Ilham Matli calls for solidarity for women of North and East Syria in face of Turkish attacks

ZALIN, Syria — On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Syriac Press interviewed official of the Syriac Women’s Union (SWU) in Syria, Ilham Matli, who spoke about the events and activities held to eliminate violence against women.

Matli discussed the importance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the role played by the Syriac Women’s Union (SWU) to reduce violence against women in Syria.

“The goal of our current campaign is to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls, to employ global measures to raise awareness about this issue, and to provide an opportunity for abused women to discuss challenges and find solutions,” said Matli.

Regarding the most important events and actions carried out by the SWU within the framework of the campaign to combat violence against women, Matli explained that they held several dialogue seminars and educational awareness lectures to introduce women to the most important laws that guarantee women’s rights and plan to launch media campaigns and undergo projects to activate the role of women in advocacy for feminist issues.

When asked about the most prominent activities and events that are held on this occasion every year, Matli indicated that all women’s movements and organizations usually hold annual activities and events that include issuing statements, holding marches, awareness lectures, seminars, vigils, distributing brochures and placing posters.

However, this year, due to the Turkish attacks, all activities and events that were scheduled to be held on this day have been canceled.

Matli noted that the SWU and other feminist movements in North and East Syria were participating in the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) and the women’s joint activities platform in all activities held on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Matli concluded by inviting all feminist and human rights organizations to show solidarity with all the women of North and East Syria on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in the face of Turkish chauvinism. She also called on women to raise their awareness by attending awareness lectures and educational dialogue seminars, and participating in the enactment of laws and legislation pertaining to women.