On April 13, the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network organized a public webinar titled “Spotlight on Syria. A Gender Perspective on the Status of the Political Process” (here to see the Conference Programme) to return the Syrian crisis to the forefront of the international community and public opinion back, by both analysing the state of play of the political process and providing a direct and extensive account about life in Syria.

The event addressed particularly the past and current challenges faced by Syrian women. In addition, the webinar represented the perfect opportunity for presenting the final recommendations of the initiative “The role of women in developing durable solutions to the Syrian crisis”, launched in collaboration with Search for Common Ground with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) in order to better understand the internal dynamics that have let to the marginalisation of  Syrian women in the conflict resolution. The initiative involved experts, 25 Syrian women activists and various network members, with the aim of:

  • promoting and supporting dialogue among Syrian women, as well as with other women in the MWMN and experts, to better understand their needs and pave the way for lasting solutions to the Syrian crisis;
  • amplifying the voices of Syrian women through transparent and inclusive engagement with stakeholders, other women mediators, organisations and institutions;
  • identifying key areas of future focus on which to build new initiatives inside and outside Syria, and gathering recommendations from Syrian women to take forward through networking and advocacy.

The report of the event is available here.