On Friday, May 20, SRD Co-Founder Jomana Qaddour attended a panel event on Capitol Hill hosted by the Syrian American Council, the Democracy Council and the Global Peace and Development Charitable Fund. The event, Way Forward in Syria: Implications for Policymakers, offered an opportunity for congressional staff to hear from members of Syrian diaspora organizations. Jomana joined the speakers panel to share her thoughts on higher education and the role of a peaceful, vibrant civil society in Syria.
Syrian organizations have continued to urge policymakers, international NGOs and the United Nations to ensure the voice of diaspora organizations is represented in decision making. Diaspora organizations have first-hand accounts of the crisis situation and offer valuable perspectives and solutions.