Zeytuna project
Project Zeytuna

Strengthening the capacity of Syrian women refugees

The ongoing conflict in Syria is exacerbating the marginalization of women in political life and decision-making processes, also by becoming more dependent on men. This is why the Zeytuna project aims to create a capacity building programme for about a hundred Syrian women currently refugees in Turkey. The overall goal of the project is to empower Syrian women, to re-integrate them in the public and social sphere, and to allow them to take part in the reconstruction process of Syria in the post conflict period. The project also aims to inspire other Syrian women to play a leading role in their society, as “champions”.

The programme consists of 3 different training phases:

  • In the first phase, participants will gain fundamental knowledge on the UN system and international standards protecting them. This will include Women’s and Children’s rights and an introduction to international law.
  • In the second phase, participants will acquire improved capacities and skills in project management.
  • In the third and final phase, participants will develop communication and networking skills, including with regional and international resources and organizations, as well as with other Syrian women.

Throughout the project, participants are encouraged to develop their own projects linked to women empowerment. Their projects are also be monitored and supported throughout the periods in between training phases. 

Zeytuna project receives the support of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).