Support Syrian refugee women
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, over two million people have fled to neighbouring countries. Women’s organisations in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq are working hard to assist and support the arriving refugee women. With a donation to The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, you can help too.
Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisations in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq have all been affected by the large number of Syrian refugees that have fled across the borders. Their everyday work with helping abused women and educating women about their rights, has partly had to stand aside in favor of support for newly arrived women from Syria.
For Kvinna till Kvinna it is important to support the organisations so they are able to continue their long-term work for women’s human rights, as well as involving Syrian women in their activities..
The need for psychosocial support is immense. Syrian refugee women face tremendous pressure in their daily lives, like domestic violence, responsibility to provide for their families, concern for their children’s well-being, depression and other psychological problems associated with trauma and living in overcrowded accomodations with often poor access to clean water and sanitation.
Kvinna till Kvinna recieves reports on more and more young girls being married off and we know that many women are victims of sexual violence. There is a great need for safe meeting places for women, to help them overcome isolation and process their traumas. A major challenge is that Syrian refugees often lack access to information and knowledge about their rights.
Help for individuals and communities
Organisations that Kvinna till Kvinna supports work in different ways to improve women’s living conditions and increase their influence. They help individual women and work with the communities receiving refugees, to counteract tension and hostilities.
In Lebanon, Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisations work to make life in the refugee camps safer for women. They provide health information and work against sexual abuse and child marriages. Through the method of psychodrama, they help women to process their traumas.
In Jordan, Syrian women participate in vocational trainings, so they will be able to work and thereby provide for themselves and their families.
In Iraq, the organisations educate women about their human rights and train them in how to make their voices heard in the decision-making processes in the refugee camps.
The importance of the work that women’s organisations carry out, can not be highlighted enough. A young Syrian girl, who recently participated in a psychodrama workshop in Lebanon, puts it like this:
“Before, I had trust issues. I do not trust people because of what I have experienced. But after I attended this training and because of the support I felt from the group, my opinions about life and other people have changed. I have become more optimistic.”
Updated in: 2013-09-11