SAIS scholar addresses women’s role in diplomacy, volunteers at Syrian camp


[In Kurdish] They were Syrian refugees, but they were from the Kurdish areas of Syria, so I was
able to communicate with the people. And so I think they trusted me because of
that communication. And the way that I was
able to help out was in getting their needs across to the camp managers. And I remember there were a lot of children and young women all around the area
because especially in the region like in Iraq Syria et cetera, women and children,
they’re very affected by the presence of war. So I think that’s one of the main
reasons that it’s important to bring more woman voices out into the political
sphere. So I’m currently a part of the SAIS Women Lead practicum. It’s a pilot
program. Generally the mission is to empower more women. I actually grew up
under the Saddam-era regime and looking at the Middle East, we’ve seen a lot of
turbulent and violent decisions. So I felt the sense of responsibility to
study more about how to actually go into conflict management
because the Woman, Peace and Security Resolution that was passed by the UN
talks about how when more women are involved in conflict zones or combat
situations, that it leads to more peaceful outcomes. So as part of the
practicum I’m currently working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
United Arab Emirates and the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, helping them build up this program that’s looking into best practices around the world in the region,
to help them try to attract them bring more women into diplomacy. And there may be an opportunity to actually speak about some of the research that we’ve
been doing. So I think it’ll be an amazing opportunity as a girl and as a
woman from the area to have my voice heard. And I received the Class of 1983’s
Leadership in Emerging & Advancing Democracies Fellowship.
It was very crucial to me being able to attend SAIS actually, just because of the
economic situation that is currently still happening at the Kurdistan Region
of Iraq. Just as an individual, this has helped me gain so much knowledge in this area, and I feel like this is something that I would obviously want to pay
forward and you know pay back to people in the future. And back home I hope that
we can have a system that can be a little more resilient to conflicts
arising and possibly work towards more reconciliation of a lot of the different
groups within the country because that is something that keeps on coming up. [In Kurdish]

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