Empowering Women through Media program is an initiative which seeks to improve the way in which women participate in and benefit from the Syrian media.
Harassment, gender-based violence, early marriage, widowhood, struggle to meet the basic needs of their families… Women are largely considered to be the first victims of the Syrian conflict. However, the exact impact of the conflict on their situation is largely overlooked.
Male journalists are unable or disinclined to report on the issue for practical and gender-related reasons: cultural reluctance to enter the house and be alone with a woman, difficulties to create a relationship of trust with the interviewee, etc. And as there are very few female journalists the difficulties faced by women are therefore tragically under- documented and under-reported. As a result, little is done to alleviate their suffering.
This project empowers women to be a driving force while reinforcing the capacity of resistance of local civil society.