SABBARA

Art to empower Syrian Women

Sabbara is a name with interwoven meanings. At one level, it is the cactus,  a strong resilient plant that needs little water to grow and sustains itself even in the hardest of conditions. Its root also comes from the Arabic word for patience, saber, whereby a women with great patience is deemed sabbara. Each of Sabbara's designs was lovingly handcrafted by a woman displaced by the ongoing war in Syria.

 

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“Empowerment of women and gender equality are prerequisites for achieving political, social, economic, cultural, and environmental security among all peoples."

Beijing Platform for Action, Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995)