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From refugee camps to urban settlements and rural communities, Jordan has provided refuge to more than 1.3 million Syrians since 2011. 1 Eighty-six per cent of Syrian refugees live below the poverty line and half of the refugee population are women and girls . 2 In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis Centre in the Za’atari refugee camp as a safe space for...
Stitching together a new life: women entrepreneurs kickstart their own businesses in Za’atari and Azraq
Safiyah Abd El Ghafar and Duha Adnan are among the 43 per cent of Syrian refugee female-headed households in Jordan. To provide a livelihood for their families, these two women utilized the skills and business capacities they acquired at UN Women’s Oasis Centre to start their own micro-businesses.
The Minister of Social Development, H.E. Ms. Hala Lattouf, visited one of the three ‘Oasis Center for Resilience and Empowerment of Women and Girls’ operated by UN Women in the Za’atari refugee camp.
“I was jailed at the age of 16. My charge? I was homeless because my family didn’t want me.” That’s how Maysam Hamed*, now 37 years old, first found herself in crisis, and locked up in Al Jawaideh, the women’s prison in Jordan.