Euromed Feminist Initiative organised a training workshop “Gender Equality: From Theory to Practice for Democratic Transition in Syria” for a group of 21 Syrian lawyers. It took place on 8-12 May 2018 in Lebanon under the framework of the program" Towards Sustainable Peace and Democracy in Syria Through Strengthening Civil Society and Women's Rights", funded by Sweden.
The workshop was given by Dr. Ibrahim Draji, professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Damascus and Ms. Jinan Limam, assistant professor at the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences in Tunis. The workshop aimed at providing techniques on using the “ABC for a Gender Sensitive constitution” and the “Comparative Study on Constitutional Processes in the Arab World: Gender Perspective” for awareness raising and advocacy initiatives on a grass-root level inside Syria and with the refugees.
During the first day, participants were acquainted with the gender equality definition and concepts, practical gender needs and strategic interests as well as the importance of promoting women in decision making. The second day of the training was dedicated to discuss the promotion of women in decision making and the promotion of gender-sensitive public policies. Participants were divided into groups to discuss the above-mentioned subjects.
In the third day, Mr. Ibrahim Draji, introduced the main principles of the “ABC for Gender Sensitive Constitution” handbook, which is a collaborative work between Euromed Feminist Initiative and researchers and activists from Syria, Europe and Maghreb. After that, strategies to mobilize and advocate were introduced with practical cases through video presentation and discussion. Furthermore, constitutional provisions, strategies and institutions which can be relied on to ensure the enforcement of the constitution were also introduced and discussed.
During the last two days, participants were introduced to the constitutional language importance and its challenges through practical cases. Moreover, they were acquainted with experiences and examples from different constitutions and processes across the world.