Women negotiating peace in Syria

Bassma Kodmani (left), member of the Syrian Negotiation Commission, at a UN press conference.

UN Geneva

Event date:
May 18, 2018
Location:
Global Centre for Pluralism
330 Sussex Drive Dialogue Centre
Ottawa, ON
Canada
Time:
10:00am - 12:00pm

Global Affairs Canada and IDRC are hosting a panel discussion with a delegation of five women from the Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC), an umbrella group representing the Syrian opposition in the UN-led Geneva peace talks.

Attendance is free but space is limited so please register for the event.

Delegation members will discuss their experiences as women negotiators for the Syrian opposition, a diverse group comprising representatives from political, military, and civil society organizations. Panelists will also address women’s experience of the conflict in Syria, their role and status in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and the global women, peace, and security agenda as defined by UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security.

The five panelists representing the SNC are:

 Hanadi Abu Arab

Hanadi Abu Arab

Deputy chairperson and vice-president of the SNC. She served as a judge in Syria from 2005 to 2011 and headed the Labour Civil First Instance Court in Damascus just before the armed conflict began in 2011.

 Ruba Habboush

Ruba Habboush

Member of the SNC and a news anchor on the Iraqi Fallujah TV channel. A former host on Syrian state television before the conflict, she also served as media advisor to the SNC during the 2017 Geneva talks.

 Hind Aboud Kabawat

Hind Aboud Kabawat

Deputy head of the SNC office in Geneva, and director of Interfaith Peacebuilding at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She founded a committee of the SNC to solidify women’s participation in the Syrian opposition.

 Bassma Kodmani

Bassma Kodmani

Member of the SNC and associate professor of international relations at Paris University. She is co-founder and executive director of the Arab Reform Initiative, a long-standing IDRC research partner. She is also a founding member and spokesperson of the Syrian National Council, a Syrian opposition coalition.

 Alise Mofrej

Alise Mofrej

Member of the SNC. She is a Syrian politician and former teacher in Damascus. She founded the Syrian Women for a State of Citizenship, an organization that works to create economic opportunities for women and promote peace.

 Beth Woroniuk

Beth Woroniuk

The coordinator of the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada, will moderate the panel.

 

The delegation’s visit to Canada is particularly fitting as Global Affairs Canada has been promoting the inclusion of more women delegates in the Syrian negotiations teams.

Canada’s support for the peace process in Syria includes engagement with political, armed, and civilian opposition groups and structures, civil society, and formal and informal mediation processes. Canada’s response to the Syrian conflict also includes development, stabilization, and humanitarian assistance to Syrians directly affected by the conflict, as well as support for refugee-hosting governments and communities in their efforts to deliver adequate services, rebuild infrastructure, and create jobs.

IDRC support for research involving Syria focuses on addressing the needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, supporting youth-led initiatives to counter social exclusion and weak governance, and guiding interventions related to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, as well as education in conflict settings.

English, French, and Arabic simultaneous interpretation will be available. The event will be videotaped and available on IDRC’s YouTube channel.