International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Women peaceful activists, human rights defenders or humanitarian workers have been particularly targeted since the begining of the Syrian uprising. Many have been arrested and detained arbitrarily, ill-treated, or subjected to enforced disappearances and abductions as a result of their peaceful activism or their work.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Free Syria’s Silenced Voices features the portrait of three Syrian women who have been, arrested, ill-treated, held incommunicado without access to lawyers or family and sometimes sentenced to long prison terms after unfair trials.

Faten Abd al-Rahim

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Faten is a peaceful activist. She was arrested by the Syrian authorities on 26 December 2011. During her detention, she was exposed to physical and psychological torture which led to her severe attacks of epilepsy and bleeding in the ears. On July 2014, she was transferred to an unknown location.

Wala’ Adnan al-Akel

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Wala’ is a peaceful activist. She was arrested by the Syrian authorities on 21 May 2013 then transferred to the Military Intelligence Branch in Damascus where she underwent severe and violent investigations. On 6 March 2014, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Salma Jamal Abd al-Razak

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Salma is a university student and a peaceful activist. She was arrested on 20 December 2012 while trying to enter Yarmouk camp to visit her brother. Her family has not heard from her since.