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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.
“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.