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Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479846641

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.001.0001

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A Patriotic Christian Woman in the Syrian Parliament

A Patriotic Christian Woman in the Syrian Parliament

(p.96) 10 A Patriotic Christian Woman in the Syrian Parliament
Women Rising

Maria Saadeh

, Samyah Alfoory
NYU Press

During the 128th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (March 22–27, 2013) in Ecuador, parliamentarians from around the world stressed the need to include women in politics. Christian Syrian parliamentarian Maria Saadeh contributed to the discussion by explaining her motives to enter politics and her commitment to political reforms. In her remarks, she explains her decision to run for Parliament as stemming from belief in defending her rights and the right of Syria’s people to have freedom of expression and determine their destiny through the Syrian Parliament, which she considers the only legitimate platform to advocate for reform. She claims that legitimacy cannot be won through war, killing innocent people, or destroying the state’s infrastructure under the pretext of changing the regime or protecting civilians.

Keywords:   Maria Saadeh, 128th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, Syrian Parliament, Christian Syrian

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