Humanitarian groups are working to provide aid to the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan, most of which are women and children, but the specific needs of women and girls all too often fall through the cracks.
War, natural disaster, environmental crisis. No matter the threat to their children, mothers fight back.
An estimated 150,000 people have fled Syria for Jordan since March 2011. Temporary solutions to what may be a long-term problem include how to integrate those fleeing across the border to Jordan. In this environment, “marriages of convenience,” or even forced marriages, can thrive, essentially undetected.
Syria’s media war is being waged with gory images from the ground. But preconceived notions about subservient Middle Eastern women could lead the world to assume that there have been no women active on the ground in Syria. This is simply not true: we’re just not looking hard enough.
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