For the second week in a row, a group of Manchester's Syrian women cooked traditional dishes and distributed to the city's homeless on 4 November in partnership with Coffee4Craig charity. On 5 November, one of these women, Dr. Alia Alshawaf, reflected on their joint experience on BBC Radio Manchester.
We participated in Journeys Festival International's Weekender Fair on 14th and 15th of October 2017. In this Festival, we had a stall for Rethink Rebuild Society in which artist Abdullah Anezi held a calligraphy workshop and wrote people's names for them in Arabic. We also had information on female detainees in Syria with letters for people to sign to their MPs.
As part of Journeys Festival International, Manchester Museum hosted our exhibition 'Silenced Voices: Syrian Women in Assad's Prisons' on 7 October. We held this exhibition in collaboration with Amnesty International's Manchester group and used it as a platform to educate people about the plight facing Syrian women in Assad regime prisons.
We held our monthly seminar on Sunday 01 Oct 2017 in which we discussed the open question: Are we still Syrians?
The open-platform discussion took place in our multi-facility room. No speakers were present and the floor was open to everyone to express their opinions.
Questions asked included:
- What do I mean when I say I am Syrian?