Jiyan Restaurant

On April 17, 2021, The Women’s Committee in Afrin Region opened an all-women restaurant named “Jiyan” (Life) for to provide financial support  for women of Afrin who were forcibly displaced to Shehba due to the attacks and invasion by Turkey.

Three women work in the Jiyan Restaurant from 8 am to 4 pm, serving a large variety of local dishes. These women are preserving the culture of Afrin with their meals. It is not clear yet whether this restaurant will be run as a co-operative.

All employees of the restaurant are displaced women cooking traditional foods. The aim of these projects is to promote women’s economic empowerment. 

Suzan Qasim is an employee of the Jiyan Restaurant. “I have to work to meet the needs of my children,” she said, “I leave my children at home and come here to work every day. At the restaurant, we cook and serve cheaper traditional food.” 

Afrin-Shehba Women’s Assembly develops projects to empower displaced women

Afrin-Shehba Women’s Assembly develops projects to empower displaced women

Women’s Assembly supports displaced women by developing projects

Afrin-Shahba Women’s Assembly develops projects on Shahba to empower displaced women economically.

“Jiyan Restaurant” provides job opportunities for women

Women are employed in Jiyan Restaurant, which was opened by the project of the Women's Committee in Shehba. Women working in Jiyan Restaurant, where mainly local dishes are served, are happy to achieve their economic freedom.