Syrian League for Citizenship
الرابطة السورية للمواطنة
The knowledge program/ dialogue sessions
The culture of citizenship was excluded and marginalized in the Syrian society. There were also restrictions on all popular forms of active citizenship which were represented in many forms of community-based initiatives across Syria. The Syrian League for citizenship sees that the hard and intensive work is inevitable in order to re-build the knowledge of this culture and spread it as broadly as possible, especially after the deep rifts that the Syrian society suffered from because of the shape that the ongoing conflict is taking.
The “Syrian League for Citizenship” is working to reinforce citizenship and its values in Syria, and to deepen the knowledge in issues related to citizenship that has not received adequate attention in recent decades; such as secularism, civil society, democracy, and human rights… it also works on reinforcing the concept of equality of rights and duties among all citizens. It seeks to work on the ground to reinforce the principle of participation in public life, and monitor violations of citizenship and promote the culture of dialogue and reconciliation among the various components of Syrian society. Therefore, spreading the culture of citizenship, introducing it and its issues, is a big responsibility that the league is carrying out on daily basis. It seeks to achieve it, through publications, printed materials, seminars, symposiums and all possible forms of influence. Therefore, the Syrian League for citizenship has organized dialogue sessions within the knowledge program, aiming to introduce the basic citizenship issues as well as introducing the League programs and projects, through seminars, dialogue sessions, and round tables.
In order to achieve the purpose of the League in spreading the culture of citizenship and introducing it, the League launched a number of projects based on a set of work forms or events that are similar, either together or separately:
A. The ABC of citizenship: Seminars that focus on the concept of citizenship and related issues.
B. Dialogue sessions: they focus on a specific pressing issue.
C. League introducing sessions.
The common objectives are:
A. Introducing citizenship issues and spreading citizenship culture.
B. Introducing the League, its projects, and programs.
C. Promoting the dialogue and acceptance of the other opinion
In the beginning, the League has held in Damascus more than 24 seminars and dialogue sessions inside Syria, where the main subjects of citizenship, civil society, democracy, human rights and the Syrian laws and the Constitution were tackled, in order to deepen knowledge on these issues and to exchange different related points.
And since the League started working in Beirut, it consistently held nonregular sessions around citizenship and many related vital issues. These sessions resulted in dozens of rich dialogues with discussion and mutual ideas.