BEIRUT: First Lady Wafa Sleiman launched Monday a campaign to distribute aid to Syrian refugee women. Through the program, displaced Syrian women in Lebanon will receive “dignity kits” containing basic health and hygiene provisions.
The initiative is the result of collaboration between the National Commission for Lebanese Women, the Arab Women Organization and the United Nations Population Fund.
At the launch in Baabda, Sleiman expressed her personal gratitude to several humanitarian groups that work to ease the suffering of displaced Syrian women, regardless of creed or politics.
Other coordinators spoke with passion about the plight of Syrian women, calling for continued humanitarian assistance and compassion.
“My deep thoughts are with the Syrian women, may God put an end to their plight,” affirmed Dr. Sheikha Saif al-Shamsi, director-general of the AWO. The organization, she explained, is contributing financial support to female Syrian refugees across the region.
Fadia Kiwan, a member of the AWO Executive Board, reiterated her support for Syrian women, highlighting the importance of regional solidarity.
“We cannot deny our natural concern for our Syrian sisters in view of the special bonds that tie us together,” said Kiwane, head of the Political Science Department at Saint Joseph University.
Kiwan addressed Syrian women directly, expressing sympathy. “We Lebanese women do not just express our solidarity with you but we also share with you your pain and suffering, for we have felt the bitter taste of wars.”
“The decision to distribute these simple boxes we call dignity kits is but a small and modest expression of our love and heartfelt sympathy for the life of hardship you are experiencing.”