Hind Kabawat « Women don’t have a hidden agenda » !
Hind Kabawat, is an attorney, she lives between Damascus and Toronto, and holds a BA in Economics from Damascus University, a degree in Law from the Arab University, Beirut; a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Toronto; a Certificate in Strategy Leadership from the University of Toronto, and has a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Syrian lawyer Mrs Hind Hind Kabawat
Currently Hind is an International Council at Janssen and Associates, Toronto; Foreign Affairs Director for the Syrian Public Relations Association, Senior Research Associate in Public Diplomacy and Director of the Conflict Resolution Program of Syria at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, CRDC , George Mason University.
Hind has led a variety of public diplomacy efforts in recent years in Syria to promote interfaith tolerance and cooperation, modernization and reform, as well as educational innovations in conflict resolution and diplomacy education.
She was awarded in 2007 the Peacemakers in Action Award from the Tanenbaum Centre for Interreligious Understanding in New York, and also the Public Diplomacy Award from CRDC, George Mason University in 2009. In 2009, she was appointed as the Ambassador of Conflict Resolution and member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Middle East, World Economic Forum, Davos. Presently she is at the Advisory Board for the World Bank in the Middle Eastern issues. She is also a member in the Global Agenda Council for war intervention, World Economic Forum.
UFFP met her last fall in Essaouira Morocco at the Women’s Tribune. United Fashion for Peace webzine was media partner of the event then.
Hind Kabawat at the Women Tribune Essaouira Morocco 28 au 30 septembre 2012
photo Hakima Kernane pour UFFP in Essaouira
An opportunity for us to tackle the many issues in Syria, Tunisia and the Arabic World after the arab Awakening and the many dilemmas women are confronted with since the historical movement that led to the fall of some dictatorships ( Tunisia, Egypt, Lybia) and the blood bath and repression in Syria, while still facing up to Assad regime.
Two women a Tunisian one and a Syrian one, exchanged heart to heart.
By UFFP editor Feriel Berraies Guigny
How do you imagine a Post Assad Syria? In reality tell us about the situation of women in Syria?
Everybody is concerned, the World think that the Jihadists will take over eventually if Assad departs, but I can assure you that in Syria it will be different. In reality, I see that Women are not worrying about the future. I can also tell you the story of this young girl in the liberated area of Syria telling me that she wants to become the first elected Syrian President.
You also had the opportunity to meet and work with women refugees, what are the main difficulties? How could we help?
Their main difficulties are to get their bare necessities with their daily life, bread, milk and medicine…. But they are still very brave and resilient, what keeps them going forward is their strong ties for their families and trying to keep them in hope and love.
We still can help a lot in sending them moral and financial support. To let them know that they are not alone !
The blood bath in Syria unfortunately seems to be considered like a fatality in the region, how would you explain this state of fact? What would you expect brotherly and Arabic countries to do?
Unfortunately, they are using Syria as a proxy war and the Syrian people are paying the price. A war between Iran, Russia again the west. At this time, I sincerely don’t know, how long this will last.
Can we really have a say in front of such a totalitarian regime?
For sure and we are proving it no matter the cost of lives. The Syrian people followed the footsteps of their brothers and sisters in Tunisia and Egypt and they rose against the oppression.
The post Arab awakening was not successful in many countries like previous modern and secular Tunisia, a country known for its modernity laicity and dialog between religions and cultures, how do you see what is currently happening in Tunisia?
Tunisia a great Nation, what is happening now is the post the revolution period, it is normal, but I can see Tunisia will be better than before, you did achieve something very important you are the role model of all the Arab countries !how you raised peacefully against the Dictator, What is happening now is normal, look at the French revolution, it took them 100 years to settle, I am not saying that you need a hundred years. I am telling you that even if the Islamists want to lead the country in the 21 century, they will try but they will fail !
The liberals should be prepared to take over, they need to get down to the grass roots work with the poor and not letting the Islamist influence the society. They should do their job. Get there and beware and be active !
A negative islamist scenario in Syria is not possible?
Syria is different, we are a mosaic society, we lived there for a long time, even our Islamists are moderate, I traveled to the liberated Syria with my cross, showing everybody that I am Christian, I find only love and respect, we need to stop this propaganda about the failed states and the sectarian wars, in Syria there are many Sunnites supporting the regime and many alwaites for the revolution, we have so many Christian opposition leaders and we have as well so many Sunnites who are pro regimes. So we need to stop this propaganda.
What would you like to say to your Tunisian sisters and the wife of the political opponent Chokri Belaid that has been murdered these last days in Tunisia?
To still keep the hope and the faith to keep fighting for justice and democracy, you still have the sunshine of the Arab spring, keep on fighting, what you Tunisians did, is an amazing thing, you got rid of the dictator in a peaceful revolution, History will write about your struggle the “jasmine revolution” will live forever in the mind of people.
Please stay strong, in every post revolution, we face difficulties but still the hardest was done. Hand in hand we can build our societies in dignity and respect. But we need to be involved, get there. Influence the people and work on the ground roots of our problems.
Women are always the targets, yet they are always in the front row as well?
Sure, and they are the one that will build the society, I find so many women who are giving their children hope,by pushing them to continue, to have faith….
Women are the only hope, they are not corrupted, they don’t have a hidden agenda but the most important thing, we must know about them, is that they are peace makers and builders, they are not warriors of in search of power of conquest like men. Give them power, they will give you peace !
What would you like to say to your Arabic sisters? Those of the rest of the world fighting against repression?
Stay united, help each other, and support each other’s, we need to live in liberated countries, free in respect and dignity. And this scenario is possible if we get rid of dictatorship.
So, we need to keep fighting the good fights, focus on Education and Humanitarian initiatives. Get our messages of hope spread by ethical medias, like yours…
Politics also have a role to play but in a healthy way and for the better of people…. For that, coordination and coalition, are the key of success.
And to UFFP readers, according to you Hind,what are the keys of resilience in front of any kind of totalitarian and repressive regime?
Faith, a good Strategy plan, knowledge and good decision making and mostly always stay united.
The civil resistance will be always the best solution, to find a way to get rid of Dictatorship without violence, unfortunately what happened in Syria, showed this scenario was not fruitfull. Assad Regime forced civilians to use weapons. We had no choice.
What would you like to say to UFFP readers, to help Syrian, Libyan, Egyptian and Tunisian and also Malian sisters, in front of violence?
I would like to say to the international community as well as the readers, to remember that there are so many women suffering, they need to know that you are there for them, we need to support each other’s in all the way we can…
Syrian women today, need humanitarian aid, moral support they need to know that they are not alone in the struggle for freedom !