On Tuesday, an all-woman international convoy started its three-day journey in Istanbul to raise awareness of the suffering of women and young girls imprisoned by the Syrian regime. At the convoy, women from over 50 countries have participated to the International Conscience Convoy, calling itself the “voice of oppressed women in Syria”. During the press conference, human rights lawyer and convoy organizer Gulden Sonmez said the journey is meant to save imprisoned Syrian women and spark hope for a better future. Currently, over 6,700 women, over 400 of them young girls, are still living in these brutal prisons. Yvonne Ridley, a British journalist and women’s rights campaigner, said that they are setting off on this journey to be the conscience of those who are in Syrian prisons.
Dia Hassoun, spokesperson for the convoy, said that it aims to reach the world to break the silence and show the suffering of Syrian women. The convoy hope that the international community will take effective measures to protect women in Syria and all around the world. Zaleha Kamarudin, the rector of Malaysia’s International Islamic University, said that she is taking part in the convoy as it is her responsibility to protect women and children from being victims of war. The convoy will arrive in Hatay on March 8, and during the journey, the convoy will make stops in the Turkish cities of Izmit, Sakarya, Ankara, and Adana before reaching the southern Hatay province at the Turkish-Syrian border.