Women, to the disbelief of many critics, have been an essential component of the uprising in Syria, says Rime Allaf. Critics claim that women have been absent from the uprising, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. While they were, by default, absent at the beginning (most protests began in mosques), women have taken an increasingly active role in the uprising against the Assad regime. From indirect participation in the form of sign-making or medical care, to participation in “flash mob” protests, Syrian women have become leaders within the context of the Arab Spring.
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