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In Fighting Back Tears ... Clinging to Dreams. Syrian Women in Their Own Words, a different picture of Syria emerges than the one we normally see. Yes, there is great suffering and grief. But there are also heartening stories of devotion, initiative, togetherness and even joy.

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Syria is experiencing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world today, and over the past five years, UNFPA has been providing critical services to thousands women and girls impacted by the crisis. As of December 2015, more than half of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes. As the five-year conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic expands, bombings, shellings and terrorist attacks continue to kill, injure and displace millions of Syrians. Some 6.5 million people have been displaced within Syria itself, and over 4.6 million people live as refugees in neighbouring countries. As in all humanitarian emergencies, women and girls are among the most vulnerable victims. 

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United Nations Population Fund - Syria
Monthly Newsletter
Top Stories of the month
My Newly Twin Girls See Life
TEDxYouthJahez
Youth Innovation
Y-PEER Is Back
Supported facilities by UNFPA-Syria
 
 

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UNFPA, together with the international community, has been urging for a quick end to the Syrian crisis, warning against further deterioration of the humanitarian situation and calling for the rights of women and girls to be placed at the centre of international efforts for peace, and humanitarian response and recovery in the conflict-hit country.
 

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Gender-based violence is a complicated and sensitive subject. Reporting on gender-based violence means discussing issues that are often considered ‘taboo,’ and talking publicly about intimate and distressing matters. This can be particularly challenging in countries where tradition and religion play an important role in everyday life.

 

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UNFPA Regional Requirements in Response to the Syria Crisis

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Despite the efforts and engagement of local and regional media in highlighting and denouncing gender-based violence against women and girls in the six countries most-affected by the Syrian crisis (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt), the bulk of coverage still – whether directly or indirectly – attributes stereotypical and predictable social images to women and girls. They are often represented as "victims" of forced and early marriage, who are submissive to an oppressively patriarchal and conservative community. Reports often focus too much on the subjects rather than exposing the full extent of the human rights violations or the underlying root causes that allow these actions to emerge and maintain their prominence in the region.

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For the first time since World War II, Europe is experiencing a massive movement of refugees and migrants, women, girls, men and boys of all ages, fleeing armed conflicts, mass killings, persecution and pervasive sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Many seek refuge in Europe from the ongoing armed conflicts that have torn apart their societies, and are entitled to protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention, its subsequent Protocol, and other international instruments. From January to November 2015, Europe witnessed 950,469 refugee and migrant arrivals through the Mediterranean, with Greece receiving the vast majority of arrivals (797,372). Those arriving by sea are fleeing the Syrian Arab Republic (49%), Afghanistan (20%), Iraq (8%), Eritrea (4%), Nigeria (2%), Pakistan (2%), Somalia (2%), Sudan (1%), Gambia (1%) and Mali (1%).  

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UNFPA-assisted partners delivered around 400,000 reproductive health and gender-based violence-related services in Syria during the months of July and August 2015.

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We live in a world where humanitarian crises extract mounting costs from economies, communities and individuals. Wars and natural disasters make the headlines, at least initially. Less visible but also costly are the crises of fragility, vulnerability and growing inequality, confining millions of people to the most tenuous hopes for peace and development.
 

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