What is al-Thara?
AL-THARA is a weekly review of scholarship, culture and literature on
women's issues. Based in Syria, its goal is to provide a reliable
resource of international, regional and local documents – for example,
laws and conventions – concerning women. It also aims to monitor social
ills and practices that violate rights and freedoms, especially those of
women, as they are the most vulnerable and suppressed sector of Syrian
society. The review tries to expose these problems and propose
alternative courses of action.
AL-THARA is issued in both Arabic and English because it is intended to
help create links between people – especially women – and experts in
fields like law, sociology and psychology. Indeed, we look forward to a
time when AL-THARA is a network for women's rights activists not only in Syria
, but in the whole Arab Region.
Thara is issued by Etana Press, a Damascus-based publishing house.
Etana produces materials and
organizes activities aimed at raising civil awareness in Syria,
particularly among younger segments of the population.
Etana employs a holistic approach in addressing social issues that
combines theory and practice, as well as
consciousness and social activism.
Since its foundation over a view years ago, Etana has been active in various
fields. It has facilited the visits of foreign journalists and
academics to Syria, as well as
organized a number of exhibitions and seminars to highlight social
problems within Syrian society. Etana also conducts training workshops
on facilitation, responsible journalism and web design, as part of a
capacity-building strategy for formal and informal NGOs, students and
public educators. By doing so, Etana seeks to fill the gap between
public and private institutions in contributing to the development of a
civic culture in Syria.
Yahya Al Aous, Editor and Journalist
Eman Wannous, Journalist
Lava Khaled, Journalist
Malek Abo khaier, Journalist
Al Hamoud. Journalist & Lawyer
Al naddaf, Translator
Maan Abdul Salam
Damascus , Syria
Tel: (+963-944) 512575