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'I must save my life and not risk my family’s safety!': Untold Stories of Syrian Women Surviving War (Part 2)

[A screenshot from the documentary Not Who We Are by Carol Mansour. Available at Forward Film Production]

 [This article is the second in a two-part series on untold stories of Syrian refugee women. Click here to read Part 1]   Mona’s Story Mona is a warrior (both figuratively and literally) who does not match the mainstream media and Refugee Not Campaign’s representations of Syrian refugee women’s as passive powerless victims in the ongoing conflict. Mona (30 years old) is from a small village in Dara’a Governorate. She studied just until the sixth grade, and she ...

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'I must save my life and not risk my family’s safety!': Untold Stories of Syrian Women Surviving War (Part 1)

 [May 15, 2013, a screenshot from the video report

[Part 2 here] [Spanish translation here]  What is now known as the Syrian Uprising began in mid-March 2011 as a peaceful social movement in the context of the so-called the Arab Spring. In a few months the uprising shifted from peaceful demonstrations to an armed conflict, mainly, due to the Syrian regime’s martial reaction to the demonstrations, and Syria became a location for a national, regional, and international power struggle (Salloukh, 2013). While Syrian women ...

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Katty Alhayek


Katty Alhayek is a scholar activist from Syria. Her research interests broadly center around themes of gender, conflict, activism, media and new technologies. She earned an undergraduate degree in Media Studies from Damascus University in 2008. Following that, she worked for Syrian and international organizations dedicated to human rights and women’s issues. A former Open Society Foundations fellow, Ms. Alhayek holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Development Studies from Ohio University and a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Currently, she is a graduate student at Ohio University School of Media Arts and Studies where she works as Assistant to the Editor and also as Webmaster of The Online Journal of Space Communication.