The Impact of Adopting the Governance Principles in the Local Councils towards services and Women’s role

Abstract

This project aims to serve the Syrian communities and to promote Gender Equality. One of our goals is to contribute in achieving the fifth, eleventh, and sixteenth goal of sustainable development goals “Gender Equality – Sustainable cities and communities – Peace, justice, and strong institutions” in the Syrian context, as well as to contribute to the resilience of the communities, the development of the community’s segments and the relevant institutions that serve communities. Finally, we intent to apply the governance principles that guarantee the participation of all its component including women in administrative, political, and decision-making.

The SDG Fund has placed Gender Equality – Sustainable cities and communities – Peace, justice, and strong institutions as one of its goals to achieve progress towards the SDGs. Since more than half of global population live in cities, sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces, and according to the increased number of the displaced people in the liberated areas in the Syrian context. Thus, making cities sustainable means creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies. It involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in participatory and inclusive ways. Furthermore, we cannot hope for sustainable development without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law. In addition, The crisis inside Syria has led to one of the most complex and tragic crises in history. Women have had a great deal of suffering as they have been subjected to all kinds of violations and have faced many problems in the areas of health, education, marginalization, and inequality. In the midst of this, Syrian women have faced challenges that have resulted in the loss of confidence in their ability to play an active role in public life; besides, their participation in political, administrative and social life is at its lowest levels. This requires comprehensive development, where women empowerment is required to reduce the three shortcomings: lack of confidence, lack of knowledge and lack of acceptance. In order to study this problem in-depth, it was necessary to identify and understand the realities, with the purpose of creating a solution that meets their needs.

Author : Mahmoud Moulham Hallak