The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) has been working with Syrian refugees in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon in multiple capacities to improve their lives and protect their rights. The horrific violence has created a desperate humanitarian situation. In response, the WRC has initiated a series of activities to address some of the gaps and challenges experienced by those women and girls most affected by conflict and displacement.
Women and girls are more vulnerable in humanitarian crises than men and boys, particularly to sexual violence and exploitation. Their increased vulnerability reflects the widespread disadvantage and discrimination that they experience in their country of origin and in the host nation or community. Exclusion from decision-making, limited mobility, and the threats and experience of violence all determine women and girls' greater vulnerability in conflict and crises.
This project seeks to improve protection and services for Syrian refugee women and girls. The WRC will do this by working with local women's organizations to increase capacity and resilience; developing guidance on appropriate livelihoods for displaced women and youth that recognize their skills and capacities; hosting workshops for adolescent girls; increasing the inclusion of refugees with disabilities; and capturing the impact of humanitarian work by tracking 300 Syrian refugee households.
Women and children make up the overwhelming majority of refugees, and life in exile often means that women become the main breadwinner and caregiver (at least 1 in 4 households of Syrian refugees are headed by women). By building self-reliance and resilience, this project seeks to create a community within which women and children are safe healthy and self-reliant; have their human rights respected and protected; and inform and drive their own solutions and development.