Launched in April 2014, The Syria Campaign is mobilizing people from around the world to stand with Syrians in their struggle for a free and democratic Syria. In our first year we’ve done a lot, too much to fit into a page. But here are the highlights.
Stopped Europe from fueling barrel bombs.
Pressured the Italian government to sign up to a European ban on the sale of fuel that is used by Syrian regime helicopters to drop barrel bombs.
Introduced the White Helmets.
Millions of people now know Syria’s volunteer rescue workers. These heroes have made the headlines and received millions of dollars more in life-saving equipment from donor governments as a result.
Smart advocacy to Release aid.
Applied targeted pressure to the Australian government unlocking $20 million in humanitarian aid -- that's $20 for every dollar invested in our organisation.
Led a campaign with the world’s top archeologists to secure a UN ban in the trade of Syrian antiquities.
Pushed aid across borders.
Campaigned to pressure UN agencies to deliver aid across the Turkish border to areas where access was being denied by the Syrian regime.
Built a network of activists.
112,000 people from 192 countries are taking action in solidarity with Syrians.
Told Stories to change minds.
Created 18 films that have been viewed 4.7 million times. One was shown to the UN Security Council. Another at the White House.
Showcased Syrian heroes.
Secured more than 350 pieces of media coverage – nearly one every day.
We spent a year figuring out what works, and asking: Where are the gaps? What can we do? With that in mind, we are focussed on two pieces of work
1. Elevating Syrian Heroes
We will work with Syria’s rescue workers and medics to mobilise support from around the world to save lives and help end the violence. Through better reporting from the ground and more powerful stories for the public, we will increase the advocacy pressure on international governments to take action.
2. Planet Syria: Syria’s Peacemakers
For over six months we have supported the establishment of Planet Syria, a network of over 100 Syrian organisations campaigning to stop the barrel bombs and support a negotiated transition to a unity government without Bashar Al-Assad. So far there are 79 international organisations in support representing 217 million people. We will continue to provide behind the scenes support including capacity building on communications, campaigning, building a funding infrastructure and developing an international network of activists.