Naziq al-Abed, as a volunteer with the Syrian Army during the Maysaloun Battle against the French on July 24, 1920

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Naziq al-Abed, the neice of Syria's future president Mohammad Ali al-Abed, was active in the Syrian underground during the late Ottoman Era. She devoted her time to emancipating and empowering Syrian women, especially in rural districts, and at establishing an NGO for the women of Damascus, called Nour al-Fayha. She went to battle unveiled with General Yusuf al-Azma in 1920, amidst a storm of controversy, in her capacity as founder of the Syrian Red Star, a humanitarian NGO that eventually developed into the Syrian Red Crescent. In appreciation for her services, she was decorated as an officer in the Syrian Army by King Faisal I.