Zaina Erhaim is an award-winning journalist, and a communication manager with the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). Zaina has an MA in International Journalism from City University of London, and is currently a refugee in the UK. She is a communication and journalism trainer and is leading a feminist campaign to challenge gender stereotypes in the region. Before IWPR, Zaina worked for the BBC.
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Hundreds of women in the MENA region have faced gender-based disinformation attacks during the last decade. This is not only a widespread phenomenon, but a growing trend of coordinated and systematized campaigns, pushing many women out of the public sphere.
For the world, Raed was one of Syria’s most prominent activists, known for eye-catching protest banners and influential “Radio Fresh” broadcasts. For me, he was the last connection to the pioneering uprising, and since his death, I stopped attending any events on its anniversary.
As the uprising spread throughout the country, activists in the various cities, governorates, and nationwide needed to coordinate their work. This is how the Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCC) were born.
My dear Idlib, how I wish for you to go back to being forgotten and ours again. Until then, we’ll always have your accent in our world, your olive oil in our cells, your trees etched in our memories. And most importantly, “wlad al-balad” to count on wherever we go.
I stood in solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo journalists in 2015 from a Syrian rebel stronghold, where the battle for free inquiry met with a war of extermination. The real crisis is clear to me.