Just two days ago (March 26, 2016), under the most trying conditions imaginable, thousands of Syrians all over the country came out into the streets to protest. According to Leila al-Shami, co-author of the book “Burning Country”, “The chants are calling for the fall of the regime, for unity of Syrians and in solidarity with other areas of Syria. At some protests- specifically in Idlib protests have also been against other authoritarian groups such as Jabhat Al Nusra.”
al-Shami was asked about the absence of women in most of the protests, and she explained: “Women’s participation in protests has dramatically reduced since 2011 mainly due to security situation and also partly the conservative & patriarchal nature of Syrian society where women have always had less public role. But just because they are not always in front of camera- doesn’t mean they are not participating in protests (see photos posted above from last Friday) & they continue to participate behind the scenes in civil activism work etc.”
In the pictures above, though, we can see women present also.
Syria is at the center of the world crisis, and what a brutal center it is. It should not be surprising, therefore, that the people there are also demonstrating a courage beyond almost anything we’ve seen anywhere else in the world.
Here is the link to see the different protests throughout Syria: