Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Women and the Syrian Conflict

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Women and the Syrian Conflict

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THE MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE (MEI) hosted three Syrian female journalists on June 29 to discuss their work and activism. "Media Activism Amid Civil War: The Role of Syrian Women Journalists" featured Rula Asad and Milia Eidmouni, co-founders of the non-profit Syrian Female Journalists' Network (SFJN), and radio journalist Caroline Ayoub.

"Our guests understand profoundly the critical link between a free and powerful media, and its ability to shape a democratic future Syria," said moderator Kate Seelye, senior vice president of MEI.

Ayoub's non-profit organization, Souria Li (Syria is Mine) Radio, focuses not only on evading government censorship to provide Syrians objective news, but also on building a rich, unified society and providing hope. One of its most popular shows, for instance, is "Fattoush," a cooking show featuring favorite recipes from different ethnicities and cultures, highlighting the beauty of diversity. …

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