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Statues and words tell story of Syrian women's plight

In Beirut’s Zico House, an exhibition organized by the Syrian Female Journalists Network of clay female figurines accompanies the launch of a book about the lives of Syrian women.

A small statue in Zico House, a multi-use art space in Beirut, shows a female figure on a chair whose body is convulsed in its desire to scream out her pain. It depicts Leila, one of the Syrian women whose stories have inspired a marriage of forms and words in a storytelling event organized by the Syrian Female Journalists Network (SFJN) in Beirut on May 10.

The small clay statues belong to Syrian artist Oula Haidar, whose female figures reflect the stories of Syrian women that are collected in a book titled “Out of the Shadows.” The focal point of the event at Zico House is to give Syrian women a voice in narrating their lives and struggles, and to create awareness of sexual violence.

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