Damascus History Foundation- Correcting Biography of Nazik al-Abed on Arabic Wikipedia

In accordance with Bilad al-Sham WikiMedia, History of Damascus Foundation worked to improve the digital content related to the history of the city of Damascus on the Wikipedia Arabic International Encyclopedia, and in this respect it corrected the biography of the Syrian feminist Nazik al-Abed, leader of the women's movement who demanded that women be given their full rights.

Damascus History Foundation mentioned that between the years 1887 and 1959, Nazik al-Abed played a leading role in establishing a number of publications and women's societies. She also participated in the Battle of Maysaloun against the French occupation in her capacity as Head of Red Star Society that preceded the Syrian Red Crescent.

Al-Abed studied in Damascus and Mosul schools, and learned German and French languages. When her father was exiled to Turkey over the coup against Sultan Abdul Hamid II, she entered the American School in Izmir, where she learned photography and the art of drawing. In addition, she joined the editorial family of Arous (Bride) Magazine in Syria, founded by the Damascene writer Mary Ajami in Homs in 1910, and it was the first Arab publication calling for women's rights.

Why do ISIS terrorists and Turkish regime kill Yazidis?

Why have ISIS terrorists and the Turkish regime killed and captured thousands of Yazidis in Iraq and Syria while the international community has done almost nothing to document the 2014 genocide in Iraq's Sinjar by ISIS [Its Arabic Acronym is DAESH]?

Turkey, a NATO member, never bombed Iraq's Sinjar when it was besieged by ISIS. It waited until Yazidis returned before claiming it needed to bomb “terrorist” targets.

In August 2018, Turkey assassinated a Yazidi leader who was driving back from a memorial service for genocide victims, alleging he was a PKK leader, according to media reports that affirmed there are still up to 3,000 missing people kidnapped by ISIS, mostly women and children. The community, which suffered genocide, now faces a new threat of airstrikes.

"On August 3, 2014, the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, IS, Daesh) terrorist group attacked the Yezidis in Shingal, Iraq. Yezidis are an ethno-religious minority in Iraq. ISIS killed or captured nearly 10,000 Yezidis. They forced them to convert to Islam or be killed. ISIS enslaved and sexually abused the women and girls. They brainwashed the boys and used them as suicide bombers. They executed the men. They sold the babies and toddlers to raise them as Muslim. This was the 74th recorded Yezidi genocide," Dr. Amy L. Beam, an American researcher, writer and human rights advocate said in her book "The Last Yezidi Genocide" which was published in English paperback on Amazon in 2019.

Laurice Maher… First Female Syrian doctor

Dr. Laurice Maher was the first woman graduate from the College of Medicine at Damascus University in 1930 and went on to become Syria's first woman medical doctor. She was one of the few women who were able to become a doctor in Syria and spoke at a 1932 feminist conference. Maher urged women to enter the medical field because of the “necessity of women’s intervention in public schools to detect and prevent disease, such as tuberculosis." She encouraged the profession of nursing, in hospitals or as visiting nurses.

Two Young Syrian Ladies to Take Part in JCI ‘s Ten Outstanding Young Persons competition in Japan

Syrian youths seek to develop and enhance their presence in different domains most notable of which are creativity and invention.

The two young women , Dr. Wissam Zam and Alaa  Al-Tarsha will  participate in the Ten Outstanding Young Persons ( TOYP) competition due to be held in Japan after they   have  won  the competition organized in Homs  by  Junior Chamber International ( JCI ) at the national level for the year 2020.

Vice  president of JCI in Homs Safwat Kabbar  indicated that the TOYP competition  around the world has been  one of the official programs of JCI   since 1983.

Dr. Nour Ghadban: women in science have the power to change the world

“Inside every woman is strength, creativity, inquisitiveness and powerful voice.  Woman is nature and life . Through her patience and strong will  woman is able to  challenge and achieve the impossible”  Dr. Nour Ghadban, who  holds a phD in computer and controlling engineering and a social activist said in an interview conducted by the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

Dr. Ghadban has recently got the Arab women certificate of Arab woman’s  policy, in building homelands conference held by International Academy of Studies and Humanities in cooperation with International Entrepreneurship  and Women ( IEAW) .

Dr. Ghadban  said  “I think women and girls face so many challenges. The challenges are absolutely enormous in every aspect of their lives, globally. Whether it be to do with education, or healthcare, the right to have logistical protection over violence, rape, abuse - the list is endless”. 

She underlined that the biggest challenge for women in the 21st century revolves around the issue of choice – the freedom for women to choose who they become, stressing  “we must support women to unleash their power to propel them to achieve that goal.”

Dr. Ghadban  stressed that these challenges and obstacles  can limit women’s  development and prevent them from reaching their full potentials

She pointed out  that mentally strong women do things differently because they live by a different set of core beliefs that guide their decisions and daily habits.