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How women save lives in response to conflict: Lessons from Syria and Ukraine
Women work to save lives every day in countries affected by conflict. In Syria and Ukraine, women are crucial actors in the frontline civilian response to bombardment, military aggression, and humanitarian need. In both countries, women themselves have been subject to displacement, military attack, and increased levels of gender-based violence. And yet, many choose to volunteer their time and energy to support their communities respond to these crises through locally led grassroots initiatives.

In Syria, women volunteer as first responders and humanitarian workers providing essential services to civilians under attack, whilst also serving as primary witnesses to violations of international humanitarian law. In doing so they have challenged gender norms and won the community’s support for the inclusion of women in life-saving work that has traditionally been dominated by men. In Ukraine, women have been an essential piece of the civilian response to the Russian invasion, supporting communities under attack by deploying as first responders on the frontline, helping to coordinate the humanitarian response and documenting war crimes and crimes against humanity.

To celebrate the twenty-second anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, the White Helmets is partnering with Global Affairs Canada to hold this virtual panel discussion to recognise the role of women rescuers and documenters. The panel will bring together women leaders in civilian-led responses to conflict in Syria and Ukraine, as well as global perspectives from experts from USAID and the International Peace Institute, to share experiences from the frontlines about how women save lives in conflict and demand justice and accountability. The event aims to create connections and solidarity between women in Syria, Ukraine and internationally in order to celebrate gains made on Resolution 1325 and forge a common path forward.

The event will be in English, Arabic, Ukrainian and French.

Oct 31, 2022 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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