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"Damascus , A Creative City" Event

Saturday 14 May, 2016

As one of the events pertaining to the nomination of Damascus as on of the UNESCO Creative Cities network, under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs and in cooperation with UNHCR, the Syrian Society for Social Development organized at the Opera House a special event entitled A Journey to Empowerment. Mr. Roy Moussalli, broadly reviewed programs, projects, activities, accomplishments and events provided by SSSD and highlighted its management of the Khalid bin al-Walid Institute for the rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents, as well as its active role in the rehabilitation of the affected population and persons exposed to violence and their social reintegration. “Marginalized groups must not remain in the margin,” he emphasized, “and we must deliver a powerful message to the effect that the most marginalized people in society are people at its core.” He further focused on calling government agencies and NGOs to actively take part in the response to risk and risk prevention in order to mainstream protection. In her speech, the Minister of Social Affairs, Ms. Rima al-Kadri, emphasized the active role of NGOs in deploying energies, exerting efforts, and contributing to the community’s advocacy for risk mitigation and the promotion of nonviolence. She also focused on the role of voluntary work for the advancement of Syria’s current situation. The event included several video presentations, ballet dancing, drama sketches highlighting cases of unaccompanied and separated children, early marriage, child labor, school dropouts, domestic violence, etc., as well as songs presented by a group of SSSD volunteers and a group of IDP children, PSN and juvenile delinquents