2,000 activists are fighting to get Syrian women out of prison. Activists say more than 6,000 women and girls are being held in Syrian prisons where many have been tortured or raped.
Scottish activists Yvonne Ridley stated at a demonstration, “No matter what religion, race, or ethnicity, women from the world are coming together today to start a journey of humanity. We are setting off on this journey to be among those to help those who are in Syrian prisons.”
A convoy of buses carrying activists from more than 50 countries is heading from Istanbul to the Turkish-Syrian border to help Syrian woman. The seven-year civil war in Syria has put millions of women and girls at risk of sexual violence and trafficking.
Detained Syrian activist Nour stated, “We need the world to take the best and fastest measures to the protection of women in all wars, not just those Syrian prisons. Women have been exposed to war, suffering, asylum, and forced displacement in all countries subjected to war. We call on the entire world to protect women.”
The activists have quite a lofty goal — but since they have allies in so many countries, maybe that means that change will be enacted.