Syrian women, backbone of the revolution

The women of Deraa, where the Syrian uprising began back in March, took to the streets on Saturday, calling for the release of their husbands, brothers or sons currently detained by security forces. The rally illustrates how women are playing a crucial role in the uprising against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Rime Allaf, a researcher at London based laboratory Chatham House has described them as the backbone of the revolution, placing particular emphasis on their involvement in organizing protests and rallies. She uses the actress Fadwa Suleiman as an example, who, has led a number of demonstrations in Homs in recent weeks.

A Syrian protester takes part in a demonstration calling for President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

And when they are not on the streets, the women of Syria are working behind the scenes. Some tending to wounded protesters who cannot get to hospital, others in factories or workshops, making banners and Syrian flags to be used in the anti-government rallies.

But women are not exempt from the brutal and bloody crackdown. And to avoid arrest, torture and rape, many prefer to protest from home. And although women are at the forefront of the uprising against Assad regime, it looks as if they plan on being equally involved in the Syria of tomorrow.

Source: France 24

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