‘Survivors have become outcasts’: Syrian woman on life after prison - Syria Direct: A detained woman in Syrian society is an unspoken euphemism for a raped woman. The shame of that falls not on the rapist, but on the victim. So goes patriarchy, in which the honor of a family is tied to the perceived virtue of its women.
Of the thousands of women who retreat into shame or exile following a prison stint, however arbitrary and faultless she may be, a few are speaking up to instigate change in the way female detainees are perceived.
"When a man gets out of prison, he is celebrated, and sheep are slaughtered [in celebration]," Muhammad Zakaria Aminou, vice president of the Local Council of Aleppo City tells Syria Direct’s Suhair al-Homsi. “When a woman gets out, people see it as a disaster."
Last month, the Syrian Institute for Justice, an Aleppo-based NGO that documents and investigates human rights violations, held a workshop alongside the opposition Local Council of Aleppo city to study ways of better supporting female detainees after their release.
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