The Political Vision – The Syrian Women’s Political Movement Second General Assembly Conference 2 May – 12 June 2020

1- Affirming Syria’s independence in facing all occupations and the preservation of the unity of its people and territories; the SWPM also demands that all foreign military occupations, sectarian and foreign militias, and foreign fighters leave Syria.

2- Affirming the SWPM’s vision for the future of Syria as a state of full citizenship for all its citizens regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, and religion; a country that guarantees women’s rights and full equality for them in the constitutions and before the law; affirming also building an inclusive Syrian national identity and working to bridge the societal rift that resulted from years of tyranny, which was deepened by war.

3- Respecting and protecting public and political rights and freedoms, especially in times of crisis and wars, and in a manner consistent with Human Rights laws, and abiding by all international conventions on human rights, children’s rights, and women’s rights, particularly CEDAW.

4- The SWPM believes in a political solution for Syria in accordance with international resolutions – the Geneva communiqué, UNSC Resolution 2118, and UNSC Resolution 2254 – and calls for the cessation of all military operations on all Syrian territories; the SWPM also believes that there is no solution in Syria except a comprehensive political solution through the formation of a transitional governing body in accordance with the aforementioned resolutions; accordingly, the SWPM believes that the Constitutional Committee must have a clear timetable, and produce a constitution consistent with the interests of the Syrian people, and work should be done on the four baskets together to reach a formula for a comprehensive solution.

5- The SWPM believes that there is no comprehensive political solution and sustainable peace without the participation of women, as stipulated by UNSC Resolution 1325.

6- The immediate and unconditional release of all detainees as well as revealing the fate of the forcibly disappeared persons are important cornerstones in establishing a safe and neutral environment in accordance with the Geneva Communiqué (2012); the SWPM also affirms the need to treat this as a non-negotiable issue. 

7- The military operations taking place on Syrian territories among forces supported by regional and international powers have never served the interests of the Syrian people; rather, they deepen societal rifts in Syria; the SWPM stands firmly on the side of civilians in the face of the warring militant sides.

8- The SWPM condemns all forms of demographic change and forced displacement, and affirms the right of all Syrians to return safely and voluntarily to their original areas of residence; the SWPM considers all demographic change projects carried out by the regime and all other parties are a threat to the formation of the unified Syrian national identity.

9- The SWPM emphasizes the need to reevaluate all economic agreements entered into by Syrian actors to serve the political agendas of regional and international powers; the SWPM also calls for reclaiming national resources, especially oil, seaports, and airports, to the Syrian people.

10- The SWPM calls for a comprehensive ceasefire and ensuring the safety of civilians in all Syrian territories, stresses that the war against forces internationally classified as terrorist should not be at the expense of civilians, and that they do not serve the interests of the Syrian regime.

11- The SWPM affirms that the only solution is one that guarantees all the rights of the Syrian people, through separation of state and religion in a way that guarantees freedom of beliefs and religion for all in a state that is neutral towards all its components, and equal and fair representations; where the second wave of the Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq has shown that a political solution based on interests of warlords and sectarian quotas is a failed solution and threatens to re-erupt the conflict again.

12- The SWPM believes that the process of reconstruction in Syria is not possible without a comprehensive political solution, and by ensuring the safe and voluntary return of refugees and IDPs and guaranteeing their property rights.

13-The SWPM views the Kurdish issue as a purely national issue, and its solution must be included within the comprehensive political solution that cancels all exceptional and discriminatory historical practices against the Kurds, and recognizing their national, linguistic, and cultural rights, which should be stipulated constitutionally in a manner that does not contradict the unity of Syria.

14- The SWPM seeks to work collaboratively with national democratic entities, with the aim to serve the future of Syria in accordance with its vision and goals.

15- The SWPM emphasizes that no political solution can lead to sustainable peace in Syria without achieving justice by holding accountable all perpetrators of crimes against the Syrian people, whatever the perpetrators’ affiliation may be.