>> The Syrian conflict has raged for seven years, the 15th of March marks the beginning of the country's brutal downfall. From peaceful protests into armed uprising and civil war, that according to the Syrian observatory for human rights has killed more than half a million, mostly civilians. Entire cities have been flattened, and over a half of the population is in some parts displaced.
The last round of peace talks crumbled, but there is a drive to try and rewrite Syria's constitution. And when it comes to post-war negotiations, some are asking, where are the women? A trained lawyer, now calls Istanbul home. She's one of the founders of a new political opposition movement fighting to see more women at the negotiating table.
There are some women in the Syrian opposition, but Dima says the current numbers aren't good enough.>> There are around maybe 12% women, and the negotiations commission also there are about six women, I believe, and that's about half of where it should be. As the quota that has been also put in other documents and resolutions is 30%.
So we're nowhere near where we want to be.>> The Syrian Women's Political Movement now has around 80 members including some men, both in and outside the country. This photo is from their first meeting in Paris.>> When this nightmare that we're living through is over and people go back to Syria, what you're going to have is an exhausted population, you're going to have a lot of men who have either been killed or detained or disabled or just not able to to be there anymore, somebody has to rebuild the country.
>> That's assuming the opposition will even be involved. Syria's government has rejected efforts to rewrite the country's constitution. So far, nine rounds of UN sponsored peace talks have failed to bring Syria's warring sides together.