22,823 Women Killed in Syria since March 2011
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) has released a report documenting the killing of at least 22,823 women in Syrian since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March 2011. The Syrian Regime and their allies targeted women based on their political views, relief or activism. The violations against women has grown with each passing year since March 2011.
The largest percentage of women killed were at the hands of the Syrian Regime, with 10,862 adult females and 9,425 female children, totaling 88% of the total female deaths. While Russian forces have only recently joined the Syrian conflict in 2015 as an ally to the Syrian Regime, they have already killed approximately 668 women.
Of the 13,920 women that have been arrested and forcibly-disappeared, 60% have been at the hand of the Syrian Regime, totaling 10,831 total victims. ISIS has been the second biggest party to arrest and forcibly-disappear women with a total of 919 victims.
“It is not easy for a woman to reveal publicly, even under an alias, the violations she suffered in an environment that can turn the victim into the defendant, and look at her unnaturally. She would rather remain silent. We have to overcome that. On the other side, nonetheless, why would she come forward when no actions have been taken against any violation perpetrators in Syria and immunity is still the norm?” says Fadel Abdul Ghani, chairman of SNHR.
Women have fallen victim to arrest, torture, sexual violence and killing since the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011. It is up to the Security Council and the International Community to protect the women of Syria from war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Syrian Network For Human Rights