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I Was There: a film about female survivors of SGBV

06.09.2021 / Created by WND

Women Now for Development presents the documentary "I Was There", featuring two Syrian female survivors of gender-based violence recounting their stories and that of other women from within Damascus’ security branches

“In the solitary cell, I used to mark the days by drawing lines on the wall with a stone that came off the door,” says Ruwaida Kanaan, a former detention survivor.

The short documentary "I Was There", produced by Women Now for Development, went to the public on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, 30 August. It features two Syrian female survivors of SGBV reliving their and other women’s stories from the Damascus security branches. All of them were subjected to or witnessed severe torture, all forms of ill-treatment, or unlawful killing.

The true extent of SGBV in and outside detention centers is still unknown, and the stigma surrounding sexual violence in Syria continues to make victims reluctant to report abuse due to fear, shame, or risks they or their families may face if they speak about these crimes.

The documentary was produced as part of the Syria Road for Justice campaign. 

Click here to watch the film.  

They are registered on the platform of the Euro-Mediterranean Women's Foundation

Seed of Peace - Oran
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality
Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS)
Women in Morocco
Legal Association for Family Assistance and Human Rights
Khadija Ben Hassine
Women Media and Development (TAM)
Social Association for Media Profession
Femme Action - Woman Action (A.F.A - A.W.A)
Coalition for Tunisian Women and the International Network of Women
Libya Women's Forum
Humanity Diaspo
Université Antonine
Yala Academy
Elham Ibrahim Younis Abdelaal
Association Joussour de Citoyenneté (AJC)
RIHAN ASSOCIATION for Youth and Development
YEFL Young Egyptian Feminists League
Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration
Roles for Social Change Association-ADWAR
Equity, Parity and Gender Mainstreaming Commission of Guelmim
Mouwatinet Association
Kayan Masr foundation for Development, Training & Community Participation Support
Jordanian Journalist Association
Aix Marseille Université
Anna Borg
Safadi Foundation
Cooperation for Community Development Association
Europeans Without Borders
Youth Capacities Development Association-Biskra (YCDB)
Youth & Women Empowerment Forum
Mediterraneo Sociale
Nisreen Alami
Free Sight Association
Association Féminine pour le Développement de la Famille (AFDF)

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