Bethnahrin Women’s Union addresses global violence against women at symposium in Switzerland

BADEN, Switzerland — The Bethnahrin Women’s Union (Huyodo d’Neshe d’Bethnahrin, HNB) marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by organizing a symposium in the city of Baden, Switzerland. The event brought together women of various ages from communities in Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia) and Europe to discuss the diverse forms of violence faced by women in societies worldwide.

The symposium hosted approximately 25 women who actively engaged in conversations surrounding the challenging issue of violence against women. The opening address was delivered by Hilde Amstad, the head of the host club’s Women’s Committee, who expressed gratitude to the participants for their involvement in the crucial symposium.

Shimoni Arsan, HNB representative in the Presidential Committee of the Bethnahrain National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB), delivered a speech tracing the historical context of violence against women globally. Arsan highlighted the varying forms of violence across societies, emphasizing the unfortunate tendency of male-dominated systems to marginalize women.

Arsan addressed the specific manifestations of violence in Beth Nahrin and against women of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) diaspora in Europe. She noted that the insidious nature of violence often goes unnoticed until physically experienced or lived through, perpetuating a cycle of harm.

Ligia Vogt, an official from an organization dedicated to women’s empowerment in Aargua Canton, shared insights into statistics and legal avenues available for victims of violence. Vogt also touched upon cultural differences, stressing that despite diverse backgrounds, women universally share the common challenge of violence. She delved into the difficulties faced by women and explored strategies for effective confrontation and solution-finding.

In a participatory conclusion, women in attendance shared personal stories and experiences of violence and persecution. The forum provided a platform for open discussion and the expression of opinions on potential solutions to combat and eradicate violence against women.