Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women, Girls and Host Communities

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Ameera Hamali, a childcare assistant within the Azraq UN Women Oasis, has learnt to utilize the sessions available to her within the Oasis and overcome obstacles she would never have dreamed of. UN Women/ Lauren Rooney

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Period: January 2018 - January 2020

Donor: European Union

Budget: EUR 15,625,000

Project Goal: Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and girls in host communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey. An Integrated program that targets both displaced Syrian Women and Girls and host-country nationals across Iraq, Jordan and Turkey

The implementation of the program works to address the call of the European Union Regional Trust Fund to the Syria Crisis (MADAD) to, inter alia, involve women in crisis prevention, conflict management, peace building and to help protect women in gender-based violence, especially sexual abuses.

This integrated program aims to reach 60,000 people in need, predominantly women living in situations characterized by increasing domestic violence, isolation and economic insecurity. It will address economic vulnerability and violence by increasing women’s access to financial assets and recovery and income opportunities, while providing immediate and life-saving protection services. Placing women and women’s organizations at the forefront of the of the regional response to Syria crisis and with a long-term view, the program focuses both on service delivery with efforts to enhance women’s representation and rights, and strengthening national accountability for addressing violence against women. By bringing together different communities and creating spaces for dialogue, the program seeks to build cohesion for more peaceful societies.

In partnership with the European Union the implementing program will build on the work UN Women has been doing in Jordan to strengthen the resilience of Syrian affected women in refugee camps and host communities through protection, economic empowerment and increased access to multi-sectoral services. 

Program Objectives: 

  • Enable women’s economic empowerment through increased access to recovery and livelihood opportunities, and comprehensive protection services and support women to live and engage in public space free from violence. Bearing in mind the importance of men in work on gender equality and women’s empowerment, the program seeks to engage men as champions and advocates around women’s engagement in the labor market.
  • Promote a culture of peace and co-existence through supporting women to lead and engage in peace building, reconciliation, conflict prevention and rights protection.

UN Women Jordan’s resilience and empowerment model features three interlocking building blocks; economic empowerment using a dual approach – temporary cash for work opportunities for vulnerable women designed as a pathway to asset replenishment and an entry into more sustainable employment, and accredited vocational training and business development paired with job placement, apprentices and grants for sustainable opportunities; protection based interventions to raise awareness of, and prevent, gender based violence; and support to individual and community resilience through leadership skills for women and initiatives to engage men on gender equality.


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Since its establishment in 2014, the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis, the EU “Madad” Fund, has mobilized almost €1.5 billion, including contributions from 22 EU Member States and Turkey, to support more than 2 million Syrian refugees and local communities in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, the Western Balkans, and Armenia. The EU Madad Fund helps both Syrian refugees and local communities get better access to education, job opportunities, healthcare, water and protection services. The EU Madad Fund also contributes to a stronger and cohesive society, with a particular focus on children, youth and women.

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