An Intersectional Analysis of Syrian Women’s Participation in Civil Society in the Post-2011 Context


  • Dima Al Munajed Univeristy of Bonn - ZEF



Syria, Conflict, Civil Society, Gender, Intersectionality


Based on qualitative research conducted in Lebanon and Turkey in 2018, this paper centers on Syrian women  working in various civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Syrian post-2011 context. It examines conflict and host-context impacts on Syrian women’s participation in CSOs. Using an intersectional framework derived from feminist studies, it argues that gender, socioeconomic status and ethnic/national identity are key intersecting social markers that influence the ability of Syrian women to participate in CSOs in these countries. Findings also demonstrate the value of intersectional approaches in improving our current understanding of discriminatory practices against Syrian women in civil society.


Dima Al Munajed, Univeristy of Bonn - ZEF

Dima Al Munajed
is a doctoral candidate at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn, Germany. Her current research examines the impact of conflict on gender in Syria, centering on the participation of Syrian women in civil society organizations in host countries: Turkey and Lebanon. Her work engages with intersectional feminist approaches, exploring links between conflict, civil society, culture and gender in the contemporary Arab context. She holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK, and a B.A. in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.





Munajed, D. A. „An Intersectional Analysis of Syrian Women’s Participation in Civil Society in the Post-2011 Context“. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Bd. 14, Juli 2020, S. 103-16, doi:10.17192/meta.2020.14.8252.