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This research uses participatory methodologies to explore the experiences of diverse crisis-affected women around gender-transformative change in four humanitarian settings in Bangladesh, Colombia, Jordan, and Uganda. The study provides entry points and recommendations for Grand Bargain signatories to move towards gender-transformative humanitarian action by enhancing women’s meaningful participation in humanitarian responses, and the localization of humanitarian action to women’s rights organizations and self-led groups.
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With a projected 80% of the Syrian refugees living outside camps by the end of 2014, the increasing pressure on limited resources in the ‘poverty pockets’ of northern Jordan is likely to heighten tensions between host communities and refugees if programs are not implemented to solve some of the immediate needs across sectors. One priority concern expressed by many participants in the northern regions is a dramatic increase in the cost of basic commodities such as food, rent, clothing and fuel. This is perceived as a direct consequence of the Syrian refugee crisis. Some families reported finding it difficult to provide their children with sufficient meals.
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Since March 2011, the internal armed conflict in Syria has displaced more than 4 million people within Syria and forced another 1.5 million to seek refuge in neighboring countries. As of May 2013, Jordan hosts more than 470,000 Syrian refugees, a number that has increased exponentially during the first three months of 2013 as the conflict has intensified and expanded to major cities throughout Syria.