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The Challenge

For the past five years Syria has been experiencing a brutal civil war, claiming the lives of more than 250,000 civilians.

Women and girls have been most severely impacted by the conflict. Both men and women experience daily violations of their most basic human rights, including the right to life, security, and dignity, and they suffer huge economic and psychological difficulties as a result. However, women and girls are exposed to the added horrors of sexual and gender-based violence and forced early marriages. It is estimated that 7.5 million women and girls have been displaced within Syria and more than 3.5 million women have taken refuge in neighboring countries.

Today, these women are struggling to meet their families’ most basic needs. They are particularly anxious to ensure that their children have access to continued and quality education. Since many schools have been destroyed, children often have to travel very long distances just to have the opportunity to learn to read and write. For young girls the situation is even more challenging as security threats and exposure to harassment and sexual violence impose further limits on their mobility.

The Solution We Are Proposing

In response to the urgent situation in Syria, our field partners the Mediterranean Women’s Fund and Women Now for Development are establishing training centers to provide women and girls in Syria -- as well as refugees in Lebanon and Turkey -- with access to a safe space. Women are offered self-sufficiency training courses, including courses on knitting, sewing and hairdressing, so that they can become better equipped to provide for the needs of their families.

Meanwhile, young girls are given access to quality schooling, enabling them to pursue their education and learn about civic life. Children’s education is the number one priority for Syrian mothers. When asked about their needs, these women make clear: “We need school books! More than food and medicine.”

W4’s field partner also provides women who have been traumatized by endless conflict with crucial psychological support, in addition to workshops on women’s legal and political rights.

The Impact of Your Donation

Since its founding, our field partner Women Now has established seven training centers in Lebanon and in areas controlled by the Syrian government in Syria, thus reaching more than 10,000 women and 6,000 children.

Your contribution helps Women Now to continue their vital work to provide psycho-social support and capacity-building training for Syrian women and girls displaced by the conflict. In some areas, Women Now is the only resource available to fill the void created by the complete breakdown of governmental and civil society organizations.

Thanks to your generosity, Syrian women and girls have a chance to build their self-confidence and learn to assert themselves within their families. Young girls, seeing their mothers becoming autonomous, regard them with pride and admiration, which in turn helps the girls to build their own self-esteem and resilience.

With your help, young Syrian girls can continue their education, build their self-confidence, and become active members of their communities.