By Ashley McGuire - Sr. Development Officer, Individual Giving
During this reporting period, research activities were completed in Lebanon and Iraq. This included Focus Group Discussions with adolescent girls, with parents or caregivers of adolescent girls; and key informant interviews with community leaders.
Initial findings suggest that adolescent girls attending programming in safe spaces report basic knowledge on certain SRH topics, but knowledge on where to seek services is often limited to the safe space. More in-depth analysis will identify indicators to use to measure % increase in knowledge on SRH and how to seek services.
Additionally, a qualitative assessment of adolescent girls’ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) access was conducted in Lebanon. Initial findings suggest that access to technology is quite high among adolescent girls, but comfort with accessing health information using technology is low. Further, certain groups of girls (i.e. married adolescent girls, adolescent girls living in more protective households) face greater barriers to accessing technology.
Dec 2, 2015
Next Steps: Field Assessment in Europe
By Women's Refugee Commission - Development Department
Founded in 1989, the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) is the first organization dedicated solely to speaking out on behalf of women, adolescents and children uprooted by armed conflict and persecution. The WRC improves the lives of refugee and displaced women, children and youth through research, technical assistance, public education and advocacy. Given the continued escalation of the Syrian refugee crisis and the lack of attention given to women and girls, the WRC is compelled to respond.
The WRC has continued to provide critical support to refugee women and children who have fled from Syria into neighboring countries. In particular the WRC has worked with key partners in Northern Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt to provide services targeting the unique needs of and risks faced by Syrian refugee adolescent girls. In Lebanon, we worked extensively with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners to promote disability inclusion across all humanitarian programs and services targeting Syrian refugees; this work is informing global humanitarian practice. In Jordan, WRC undertook a gender audit to assess the Syrian refugee response to identify gaps, good practices, opportunities for increasing attention to and protection of Syrian refugees. Findings from this report have been shared widely and are being utilized to influence the humanitarian response in Jordan and globally.
Given that the nature of the Syrian conflict is unlikely to be resolved soon, the WRC is committed to supporting refugee Syrian women and children who have been forced to flee their home country. Given the situation in Europe in particular, the WRCs next step is to undertake a series of field assessments to understand the protection risks facing the Syrian women and children fleeing into Europe. We will advocate for solutions that push humanitarian practice on the ground as well as global policy to be more responsive to the specific needs of women and children as this crisis continues.
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