TASTAKEL

About us

We are a group of Syrian women who believe in the power of thought and dialogue to induce change. We look forward to Syria’s transition from dictatorship and tyranny to the values of freedom, justice, rule of law, as well as equality and solidarity.

We believe that education, peacebuilding and women’s empowerment fortify our societies and put them on the path to recovery and prosperity. We also believe that plurality and diversity, if harnessed in their proper context, become a source of strength. We are convinced that Syrians possess the resources and capabilities to explore new horizons and to build a nation where all citizens live in dignity and security and enjoy equal opportunities and create a different future.

foundation

We founded Tastakel organizationin 2014 (which is an acronym for “Syrian Women Gathering that works in Words and Kindness”) as a non-profit organization that seeks to be part of the change process that Syrians came out for in 2011. Our organization has many activities and training through its centers in Turkey, inside Syria, and in many other places where Syrians are present (Europe, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan).

Mission

We work to empower women, our primary target population, and youth, when possible, politically, socially, culturally and economically. We also strive to empower women and youth to be peacemakers and to have a positive impact on their societies.
Our organization is invested in promoting a culture of non-violence and empowering others in resolving and mitigating conflicts at the family, societal and political level.
Our organization emphasizes civic participation, coordination of efforts, and exchange of expertise, knowledge and experiences. Our organization has many activities and training through its centers in Turkey, inside Syria, and in many other places where Syrians are present (Europe, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan).
Our organization is committed to non-discrimination between nationalities, religions and sects, and to the creation of a safe and supportive family atmosphere to provide the conditions necessary for reflection and development.

Value

Our organization has, so far, benefitted about 600 women. Our Women were able to play key roles in the political and social scene. They assumed positions and obtained jobs in various sectors, including but not restricted to civil society organizations. In addition, they demonstrated an increased ability to deal positively with the family and the community, and to play effective roles in work and society and political activities.

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Our Approach

Transforming the conflict on the basis of dialogue, non-violence and empowering Syrian women.

Political participation

Peacebuilding Dialogue

social programming

Press Center

Generations for Peace

Generations For Peace and Tastakel partner for first-ever programme in Syria “IDEAS” programme promotes Interfaith Dialogue for Empowering and Advancing Society Across various Syrian Religious and Ethnic identities 12 January 2022 – Amman/Jordan: Generations For ......

Syria News Agency

Part of the graduation ceremony for male and female students from the “Governance and Peacebuilding” diploma at the University of Aleppo in the liberated areas, in coordination between Tastakel and George Mason University in the United States.

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"اجيال السلام" و "تستقل" شريكان لأول مرة على برنامج في سوريا
أعلنت هيئة أجيال السلام ومؤسسة تستقل للمرأة عن شراكتهما لتنفيذ برنامج "أفكار" لتعزيز مفهوم حوار الأديان من أجل تمكين المجتمع والنهوض به في مناطق متعددة في سوريا.

George Mason

Director of Interfaith Peacebuilding Hind Kabawat has directed CRDC’s Syria work since 2004 and has trained hundreds of Syrians in multi-faith collaboration and civil society development. Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution, she has piloted numerous training programs related to conflict resolution, women’s empowerment, and negotiation skills in Aleppo, Idlib, the Atmeh IDP camp, Istanbul, and Amman. She is also an instructor for CRDC’s graduate seminar, Approaches to Conflict Management and Resolution: Field Work with

Success Stories

Jawaher Al-Amouri

I am Jawaher Al-Amouri Syria from the city of Hama. I started 2021 which is supposed to be the year of my graduation from university like all my peers But I’m not a college student so I entered the year with depression and stress that I couldn’t do anything to...

Abdullah Al Marndi

Abdullah, the son of Aleppo, studied law at the University of Aleppo, but he was unable to complete his studies because of the tyranny of the tyrannical regime, which prevented thousands of students from completing their studies. The opportunity for change has come and it must be at the forefront....

Zakaria Abdel Hamid

I would like to tell you, I, Iam Zakaria Abdel Hamid, a trainee with an organization independent of the Hatay Center, would like to tell you about my experience in the support sessions. The psychosocial presented by Ms. Manal Fetyani, based on the positive change that I drew in my...

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