Integrity’s research highlights that women’s networks and organisations in Syria are active across a range of service delivery sectors. In many cases these groups are either responding to gaps in services provided by other NGOs, civil society organisations (CSO), or other service delivery actors, or they are providing understanding and access to the specific needs of women and children beneficiaries that other groups cannot.
The Geneva II conference which begins on January 22 represents a crucial opportunity for gender issues to be integrated into the Syrian peace process. Research conducted with key stakeholders indicate that women’s groups view the Geneva II conference as an important opportunity for meaningful women’s participation. They are sceptical however of the likelihood of positive outcomes of the conference, especially given the exclusion of women thus far in the peace process.