Women and the syrian conflict: The Geneva Talks and an insight from Turkey

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, Turkey

Approval Date: 2017




Within the focus of women and the Syrian conflict, this thesis aims to analyse the Syrian peace process, specifically the Geneva Talks from 2012 – 2016. Here the work of Syrian women’s civil society is central, as the effectiveness of their avid efforts to bolster their position within the peace negotiations is evaluated. Thus, in line with a gender perspective, the issue of how women can navigate male institutionalism within processes of peace is considered. What’s more, how women are impacted by war and what role they can play in peace are paramount questions asked. Furthermore, within a small scale study with participants in Ankara, field research reflects upon perceptions of peace and the Geneva Talks from interviewees who are both professionally and personally engaged with the Syrian refugee context in Turkey. Accordingly, the specific challenges of displacement are also looked at. Finally, the analysis of the Geneva Talks and the interpretations of these peace negotiations from field research are brought together within a broader outlook towards peacebuilding.