By: Yasmina Benshi
Syria's decade-long unjust war, which still persists, has had a staggering impact on the Syrian people, in general and woman, in particular. Undoubtedly, Syrian women have been taking the hardest hit of all, who have suffered the ravages of this war and paid a high price in terms of losing her beloved persons, being enforced to displace, experienced violence and grave violations committed against her.
While fleeing the bombing and destroying everything in Syrian cities, families were forced to displace and as a result they have been either internally displaced persons (IDPs) moved to safer areas, refugees in the bordering countries or asylum seekers in far states. However, frequent displacement has worsened the women's life, who are trying to protect the lives of their children, and in most cases, they were displaced alone without a breadwinner.
By: Ida Bari
University of Birmingham, UK
On 13 June, the new Israeli coalition government was voted into the Knesset. This new coalition government has been united on one goal; to depose Netanyahu, who has been Prime Minister for the past 12 years. The coalition consists of different parties in Israel. This coalition includes a Palestinian Arab party, the Arab Islamist party in Israel, for the first time in Israeli history. The odd thing about this government is that it is a coalition of parties of diverse agendas: it’s a coalition of Hawks vs doves and religious vs secular. It is characterized by a stark ideological difference among its components with its internal contradictions. However, the liberal in the world are optimistic and they describe the formation of the new government as progress.
By: Yasmina Benshi
With the onset of the Syrian revolution in 2011, the Syrian regime adopted a policy of arbitrary arrests and detention of Syrians in general and systematic arrests of women in particular to curb the movement that was calling for freedom and the overthrow of the regime, as the latter was pursuing a strategy aimed at silencing opponents who were criticizing the ruling authorities. In truth, women, in our conservative society often have too much privacy, with the fear of being subjected to physical or sexual abuse in prisons and detention centers.