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We all hope that the Syrian Revolution will open a new chapter in the struggle of the women in the Arab world for emancipation and freedom, ushering in the beginning of the age of women, an age which will see women achieving their rightful status in their world, fully enjoying their Human Rights and enriching their lives and the lives of others with their creativity, intuition and latent talents. Women all over the world have a long, arduous and thorny path to tread. Thousands of years have not improved their destinies much in many parts of the world and violence in all forms is still perpetrated against them. Revolutions sometimes help minds and societies to make evolutionary leaps, bypassing centuries of slow social progress, invigorating change and enhancing its imperatives. I do not know whether the Arab Spring in general will change the lot of women in the Arab world dramatically, for this Spring might falter and stumble before it can affect this change, but I do hope that the Syrian Women in the Revolution who have so far played a great inestimable and invaluable role in advancing it and promoting it, will give all others the incentive for bettering the destinies of women in Syria and in the Arab world.
I would like to end with the images of two women, a Goddess and a Queen who had played dramatic great roles in the history of Syria, the first is the image of the Goddess of Mari (5000 – 1859) BC, later known as the Syrian Goddess, Ishtar the queen of love and heaven and earth, while the second is that of Zenobia, the Empress of the East, the Queen of Palmyra who nearly vanquished the Roman Empire.