Five films by UN Women, #WeAreHere, tell of the role of women in conflict resolution in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Palestine
Conflict-affected women line up to receive their families’ food rations provided by a local relief group, in Sanaa, Yemen. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA
Ian Black Middle East editor
A series of five films commissioned by UN Women is entitled in Arabic and English simply #WeAreHere, a statement of defiance and a message of future commitment.
“Every time I meet a woman I feel there is hope in Syria,” says Mona Ghanem, a Damascus lawyer who was forced to leave the country after the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad morphed into vicious armed conflict. “Women have such potential, such possibilities, but they need a ray of light to walk the right path.”