"Save our lives" – Syrian women’s empowerment organization pleas for peace

In light of the escalating conflict in Syrian, a local non-profit women’s empowerment organization, „Women Now for Development,“ recently published a press release calling for the protection of civilians and an end to the ongoing political violence. On Monday, April 4, 2017, as many as 100 people were killed by a suspected Syrian chemical attack. Due to the increasingly dangerous situation and for other safety reasons, „Women Now for Development“ has unfortunately been forced to suspend its political and social work. From April 5-10, 2017, the organization will be unable to fulfill any of its nationwide social and political commitments.

Women Now for Development was founded by the author Samer Yasbek, and is a partner organization to the Gunda-Werner-Institute. In response to the news, Director of the Gunda-Werner-Institute expressed her thoughts in the following statement: „Women Now for Development has supported women under the most difficult circumstances. It is a great calamity that they must currently suspend their work.“

For more information, the full press release can be found here.