Syria’s Attasi, first Arab woman to head Arab League session

Syrian opposition figure Suhair Atassi was born in Damascus and descends from prominent family in Homs. (AFP)

Suhair Atassi, vice-president of the Syrian opposition National Coalition, on Tuesday became the first Arab woman to head a session at the Arab League summit.

Atassi lead a Syrian delegation in a live sitting during the summit in the absence of the coalition’s leader Moaz al-Khatib.

Atassi was born in Damascus and descends from a prominent family in Homs. She started the Jamal al-Atassi National Dialogue Forum in 2001, which she named after her father, a pan-Arab nationalist who inspired opposition against Assad in 1973, according to the Carnegie Middle East Center.

She also runs the Jamal Atassi Forum group on Facebook, a forum calling for reforms and lifting the emergency law in Syria.

Since that start of the Syrian uprising, Attasi remained an outspoken Syrian activist.

Last Update: Saturday, 30 March 2013 KSA 13:09 - GMT 10:09