Civil Society Monitor
Women are among the hardest-hit by the war in Syria, yet many play vital roles in the struggle for human rights, gender equality, reconciliation and social justice.
The Syria Stories Women’s Blogs provides a space for female writers to share their experiences of conflict and daily life both in Syria or as refugees abroad.
Most of them have had no previous experience of formal writing, but now have a platform where they can publish their views amid ongoing atrocities, mass displacement, collapsing public services, and personal tragedies.Read more
- Rebranding of Damascus Bureau
Since 2007, IWPR works with Syrian reporters, bloggers and activists to support freedom of expression, human rights and democracy.
Our work focuses on strengthening independent media, civil society and human rights groups, and on helping them sustain their efforts in an extreme environment.
Syria is one of the most dangerous media environments in the world.
Independent media workers face extreme threats both inside and outside the country, yet journalism has a vital, unique role to play in uncovering atrocities, abuses and lies.
Our writers help reveal the realities of the situation on the ground as well as contributing to the historical record of a brutal period of conflict.
Their stories also serve as an alternative to the pervasive accounts of groups with specific and often extremist agendas to promote.
Syria Stories is the new face of a website formerly known as Damascus Bureau. Through our Daily Life, Civil Society Monitor, Women’s Blogs and Photo Blogs, we share original content from Syrians inside and outside the country documenting their lives amid the ongoing conflict. The writers are all IWPR-trained men and women dedicated to independent reporting.