Unpacking gendered realities in displacement: the status of Syrian refugee women in Jordan

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The Syria crisis has resulted in the forcible displacement of hundreds of thousands of people across the region, many of whom are seeking protection in neighboring countries, including the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan continues to support one of the largest Syrian refugee populations in the world, nearly 700,000 of which are formally registered with UNHCR. Eighty six percent (86%) of Syrian refugees live below the Jordanian poverty line and three quarters (75%) are considered severely or highly shelter vulnerable. For the nearly half of Syrian refugees that are women and girls, which this report is focused on, the risks encountered in displacement are heightened by gender discrimination and inequalities.

This study, commissioned by UN Women and undertaken by Ipsos, seeks to better understand the changing nature of gender dynamics, women’s roles and responsibilities in displacement, their experiences of and access to humanitarian aid, and experiences of violence. It consists of 39 qualitative in-depth interviews with Syrian refugee women living in urban and rural host communities in Amman, Mafraq, and Irbid that took place in January 2018.

The information gathered from this study, supported by a comprehensive literature review, highlights the specific risks and challenges female Syrian refugees face in displacement in Jordan.

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