As the violent conflict in Syria rages on, women are increasingly playing a vital role on multiple fronts to bring about change to Syria’s historical gender inequality. At a conference hosted by the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) in Doha, Qatar in January, female representatives from the leading Syrian opposition groups met and founded the Syrian Women’s Network. The preamble of the accompanying charter outlines the Network’s goals: “We, a diverse group of Syrian women, gathered to discuss the role of women in Syria’s transition to a peaceful democracy bound by the rule of law…[and] will seek to establish an independent and inclusive women’s network.”

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