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  • Women Working in Development

    Learning from Syria: Challenges and Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment in FCAS.


Women Working in Development

Date: 07 March 2019
Time: 15:30 - 17:30
55 Baker Street
London  W1U 7EU
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John Coronel
  • Summary

This event will focus on lessons learnt from past and current women’s empowerment initiatives in the country and how we can better deliver aid-funded projects that empower women in conflict affected contexts. Our panellists will look at the economic and livelihood dimension of women’s empowerment in Syria, and also at women’s representation in public life.

Often in a conflict or humanitarian crisis setting, structural issues such as those impeding the empowerment of women can be overlooked in favour of stabilisation or emergency aid. As women working to implement women’s empowerment initiatives we are uniquely positioned to continue to advocate that these issues be properly considered and addressed through aid programming. In this sense, the Syrian example is an important case study: if we can engage women effectively in one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time, and learn from the work that has been done in Syria, there is real potential to take this forward and improve programming which addresses women in other emergencies, or in other conservative settings.

The Panel

Our panel is made up of women with deep experience in Women’s Empowerment initiatives in Syria from a range of different organisations. They include:

  • Nisreen Alzaraee: Syria Researcher and Analyst
  • Kholoud Helmi: Journalist and Editor, Enab Baladi, Gender Specialist, and Syria Analyst.


15:30 Registration and Networking
16:00 Introduction to the Panellists
16:10 Panel discussion and Q&A
17:00 Further networking and drinks
17:30 Event Close

Women Working in Development was established in July 2017 by BDO LLP and the Centre for Development Results in response to a concern about the lack of women’s representation at senior management level and the absence of dedicated women’s forums in the sector. Our aspiration is to provide a forum to connect women across the international development sector and to support talent development.