USA Today, February 16, 2018: Many heroes of the civil rights movement are women you’ve probably never heard of. History remembers the male leaders in the fight for human rights, but without women, so many victories wouldn’t have been possible.
On that historic August day in 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. told us his dream, we didn’t get to hear what the women of the movement dreamed of because no woman spoke at length during the official program of the March on Washington.
Center for Human Rights in Iran – February 6, 2018: Narges Hosseini, who was arrested for protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab, refused to appear in court to face charges punishable by up to 10 years, including “encouraging immorality or prostitution.”
“Ms. Hosseini did not even appear in court to express remorse for her action. She said she objects to the forced hijab and considers it her legal right to express her protest,” Hosseini’s lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on February 5, 2018.
Hosseini, 32, has been in detention since January 29, 2018. She was unable to pay the $135,000 USD bail set by the judge presiding over her case. She was arrested on January 29, 2018, for posting a photo on social media of herself standing on a bench holding her white headscarf like a flag on Tehran’s Revolution’s Street.
All women in Iran are required to cover their hair and bodies in public.
Defense One – February 6, 2018: QAMISHLI, Syria — The most radical experiment in women’s rights is now underway in what may be the world’s least likely place: northern Syria.
In my second reporting trip to the region in six months, this much was obvious: The women’s movement in northern Syria is more like a women’s earthquake. In this sliver of the Middle East a tectonic shift of politics and governance is underway in which women’s equality now sits at the center of everything that comes next for the region.
CFR, February 1, 2018: This spring, the Syrian conflict will enter its eighth year, with over 400,000 people killed and 11 million displaced from their homes to date. The latest round of peace talks, held in the Russian city of Sochi, crumbled this week, after unsuccessful United Nations-led talks last week. As the UN, Russia, the United States, and other nations pursue a political solution to end the Syrian war, they should invest in a strategy that has proven to make a deal more likely and more likely to last: the inclusion of women…
Women are also dramatically outnumbered in official roles in UN-led negotiations, comprising only 15 percent of the opposition and government delegations at the December 2017 talks in Geneva. The newly launched Syrian Women’s Political Movement is aiming for a 30 percent quota for women’s participation to ensure an inclusive conflict-resolution process that delivers justice for all Syrian war victims.
Effects of Women’s Participation
Although women have been underrepresented in formal peace processes in Syria, women have made valuable contributions to securing peace in local communities across the country. Here are five ways in which women have made a difference in Syrian peace efforts.