Mobaderoon is a non-profit organization that provides crucial support to civil society organizations in Syria. Their main focus is on offering consulting and training services specifically tailored to address the unique needs and challenges faced by local communities. Despite the ongoing military conflict, fractured communities, minimal infrastructure, and a large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Mobaderoon has managed to play a vital role in connecting people and communities across Syria. They have earned widespread recognition for their ability to reach and assist the most vulnerable citizens.
One of Mobaderoon’s notable achievements is engaging with over 7,000 women leaders throughout the country. During these interactions, they discovered that Syrian women, although active in their communities, lacked a comprehensive framework to situate their peace and prevention efforts within a national or global context. To address this issue, Mobaderoon is actively involved in promoting active citizenship and youth development. They have established a network of activists and organizations, which creates safe spaces for dialogue. Within these spaces, they tackle sensitive issues related to peace and conflict resolution, finding common ground despite political or other differences, and driving positive change through shared learning, capacity-building programs, and effective monitoring and evaluation methods.
Building a Strong Network of Women Peacebuilders
In 2019, Mobaderoon received support from ICAN’s Innovative Peace Fund (IPF) for an ongoing project aimed at establishing a formal network of emerging women peacebuilders in Syria. Through this initiative, Mobaderoon offered financial and technical assistance to 10 newly formed organizations and conducted a series of capacity building workshops.
After the workshops, Mobaderoon continued to support these organizations as they implemented the knowledge gained to enhance women’s roles in peacebuilding processes while working towards reducing extremism and violence. Thanks to Mobaderoon’s interventions, these organizations are on their way to becoming financially and administratively self-sustaining.
From Local Solutions to Global Platforms
Subsequently, Mobaderoon organized high-level meetings within Syria, bringing together local organizations, community leaders, and project coordinators. The purpose was to identify and address the most critical issues facing Syrian civil society and develop viable solutions. These findings were then presented in the Syrian Civil Society Support Room (CSSR).
To ensure that these important findings reached a broader audience, Mobaderoon offered further financial and technical support to two civil society leaders. These leaders participated in the CSSR meeting in Geneva with the UN Special Envoy for Syria and engaged with other international platforms focused on conflict resolution and peacebuilding in Syria.
“Peace in Syria needs Mobaderoon to be active and involved, using our innovation and creativity to not only create a better future, but to actually stay alive! The IPF support enables us to keep going an remain hopeful.”
– Abir Haj Ibrahim, Co-Founder, Mobaderoon, Syria