16-Day Campaign of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence

Violence against women is one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations in today's world. This violence is a barrier to gender equality, women's and girls’ rights and empowerment and it is an impediment to the achievement of the goals of sustainable development.

On the occasion of the international  Day for the elimination of violence against women, the Syrian Family Planning Association (SFPA) in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPFA)  launched  recently a 16-day campaign for “Ending Violence against Women”  throughout all the Syrian provinces. The campaign was kicked off on the 25th of November  and it lasts till December 10th.

To shed light on this campaign, the Syriatimes e-newspaper interviewed Mr. Ghayath Zaybok, the Executive Director of the Family Planning Association ( FPA) in Lattakia province.

Volunteer Work in Syria, Strategic Partner in Community Development

DAMASCUS – Syria’s volunteers constitute the very core of the civil society and have integral role as key partner in community development in pre-and post-war periods.

On International Volunteer Day which coincides on 5th of December, the UN held a celebration marking this occasion under the theme “Volunteers build Resilient Communities”. It provides a unique opportunity to highly appreciate the efforts exerted by volunteers and non-governmental organizations and their great contributions to the local communities, a report published by SANA said.

First Lady Takes Part in Aamal Celebration Marking International Day of People with Disabilities

First Lady, Mrs. Asama Al-Assad on Monday participated in a celebration held by the Syrian Organization for Persons with Disabilities "Aamal" to highlight the importance of early detection of hearing disabilities and to stress the role of parents and support institutions in this issue.

Center for Supporting and Empowering Syrian Women in Lattakia

"Undoubtedly, women are an integral part of society and it is crucial to recognize their vital  role in sustainable development.  Empowering women would empower the entire society and can have many positive results on social, economic and other aspects of life” Dr. Omar Ballan, the Assistant Representative of the United Nations Population Fund Agency( UNPFA) in Syria said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper during a UNPFA delegation' visit to the Center for Supporting and Empowering Syrian Women (Women Safe Spaces) in Lattakia province.

Breast Cancer Early Detection Very Important to Avoid Strenuous Journey of Treatment

"Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women globally and in parallel with the Breast Cancer Awareness worldwide Month event, the national campaign for early detection of breast cancer was launched at the beginning of October throughout all the Syrian provinces” Dr. Wafaa Halloom, Head of the Reproductive Health Program at Lattakia Health Directorate , who is also the supervisor of the  national campaign there said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

Russian Universities Seek Cooperation with Syrian Counterparts to Support Rebuilding Higher Education in Syria

The Russian Culture Centre in Beirut and the Russian Culture Centre in Damascus held recently an Educational Introductory exhibition to introduce the activities of the higher education system in Russia. Delegations representing most important Russian universities took part in the event which was held at the Central Library of Tishreen University in Lattakia province.

 "We are so proud and have the honor to hold such exhibition in Syria, as it is the first of its kind in the Middle East and it comes within the framework of consolidating the Syrian-Russian cooperation in the field of higher education and scientific research”, Dr. Vadim Zaichikov, Chairman of the Russian Culture Centre in Beirut and supervisor of the Russian Culture Centre in Damascus said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

He pointed out that this educational event focused on presenting introductory activities about the system of education in Russia and the specializations offered by the Russian higher educational establishments. It also focused on educational scholarships offered by the Russian government for foreign students.

Breast Cancer Survivors Tell Their Success Stories

DAMASCUS- With courage in the face of breast cancer and the desire to overcome it and to move on, survivors stories were the strongest message of the Syrian Society for Breast Diseases in a series of lectures launched since the beginning of October to raise awareness about the early detection of breast cancer, a report published by SANA said.

Speaking to SANA, Chairman of the Society Samia al-Kinj, who was diagnosed with breast cancer about 18 years ago through a mammogram image, has turned her illness into a motivation and a desire to reach all women and to educate them about early detection to avoid a strenuous journey of treatment, which prompted her to co-founded the association with a group of doctors in 2006.