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Oasis of Hope,C* 1st Center for Protecting Battered Women.

DAMASCUS, (SANA) -- 'Oasis of Hope' Project is the first official center for protecting battered women and provide the victim of violence with psycho, legal and social help to enable them overcome their crisis, return to normal life and reintegrate into society.

The project was established by the National Association for Women's Role Development (AWRD), in cooperation with the Syrian Ministry for Social Affairs and Labor, the Japanese Embassy and the UN Development Fund for Women.

In a statement to the journalists, Head of the AWRD, Rania al-Jaberi, said the main idea for launching the Oasis of Hope project is to provide a shelter for battered women and help them go on with their lives.

"The aim is not to encourage women stand against their families and husbands but to empower them socially and economically, in addition to reaching an understanding between these women and their families to come back home again after ensuring that she won't be abused again," added al-Jaberi.

AWRD Vice-Chairwoman Maysaa Salahi said "the center hosts battered women for 3 to 6 months or more.

We have about 15 -- 20 women," attributing this low number to the fear of these women that they might be threatened by their families which makes things worse.

Member of the AWRD Board of Directors Dr.

Hani Khouri hoped that the center receive support and assistance to face main challenges of providing houses for these women and some money to help them go on with their lives along with their children.

The center is equipped to accommodate 30 women.

It contains 6 bedrooms, each of which is accommodated with 5 beds, sports hall and a clinic.

There are also three rooms, the first one for computers, the second is a beauty salon and the third is allocated for handicraft industries.

R.

Raslan / H.

Said

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