Who We Are
Badael is a rights-based organisation founded in 2013 with a mission to foster transformative justice as the basis of a genuine and sustainable peace in Syria. Championing locally-owned alternatives, we endeavour to buttress the scope and impact of inclusive grassroots civic action and foment the development of holistic truth and understanding within and around the Syrian context. Our approach combines direct assistance and capacity building efforts with bottom-up narrative-shaping initiatives, including research, oral history and advocacy, so that all Syrians are equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to construct a pluralistic and rights-based society of tomorrow.
The Civil Society Support Program (CSSP) is one of Badael’s earliest initiatives and remains a central pillar of our work. Established in 2013, the CSSP was designed in response to the urgent need to strengthen grassroots civil society groups in Syria.
Badael’s research program is a crucial tenet of our endeavors to advance the development of grassroots and feminist knowledge production in Syria in order to promote more active and better informed approaches to Syrian memory and citizenship.
Mobilizing individuals from across Syrian society, the program sets out to further the democratization of civic knowledge and champion the development of inclusive grassroots activism from the individual through to the community.
Through a bottom-up approach to oral history research, women from the Syrian refugee community in Turkey have conducted interviews with other women in their communities. Thus far, a total of 150 interviews with Syrian women and approximately 250 recorded hours have been produced.
Oral History Testimonies
Grassroots Groups Supported
Our publications offer new perspectives and recommendations within the Syrian context, targeted at local, national and international civil society groups, policymakers and other stakeholders
Our collaboration with fellow Syrian civil society and human rights organizations on campaigns ensures a firmer and clearer amplification of ordinary Syrian voices.
Syrian Road to Justice
A coalition of Syrian feminist organizations – Badael, Dawlaty, Syrian Female Journalists Network, and Women Now for Development – the campaign advocates for greater legal access to justice for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGV) perpetrated over the past ten years of the Syrian conflict.
The campaign was launched to engage people around the world in solidarity with Syrian activists in their pursuit of justice, freedom and democracy, which is often dismissed by many as alien and unrecognizable. This campaign aimed to engage people in order to stop the violence and the extremism.