Nowhere is support for women more important and urgent than in post-conflict situations, experts say. (Photo courtesy of Women for Women International)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
When Daesh (ISIS) militants brutally invaded her hometown of Kobani in Syria, Shorash didn't initially see it as a career opportunity."I had been looking for work without any success, and was feeling rather bored and frustrated," said 23-year-old Shorash, who did not disclose her surname for security reasons. One day, her husband told her about a local women's center, run by the nonprofit group "Women for Women International," that offered training to help women establish businesses.Some 4.9 million Syrians – the majority women and children – are refugees in neighboring states, according to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.In patriarchal rural communities, Adamu negotiates with local leaders to nominate a young woman to train in the city who will then return home to help close the village health care gap.The "Women for Health" program, led by Health Partners International, aims to train more than 6,000 female workers and deploy them to rural health facilities in a region where up to 90 percent of women deliver their babies without a skilled birth attendant present.Historically, conflicts can accelerate women's rights and social opportunities, as seen after World War II in Europe, while working women can help pick up the pieces and contribute significantly to rebuilding war-torn communities, experts say.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE