Losing hope: the harsh realities facing Syrian women refugees
The challenges facing female refugees extend beyond their escape from the conflicts of their home lands. In fact, settling in the countries they escaped to presents new challenges that threaten the livelihoods of these women. For example, 86% of young female refugees in Lebanon are unemployed. This unemployment is a prevalent feature of the lives of female refugees. Most of these female refugees are dependent on aid, and to provide a decent future for them and their children, they need access to safe and sustainable work.
If and when female refugees do manage to obtain jobs, they are confronted with more challenges. As women they are more likely to experience problems such as low wages, limited rights and increased vulnerability to violence, with 9% of women in Lebanon having been subject to physical or sexual abuse. The problems facing female refugees in sustaining decent livelihoods for themselves and their children are exacerbated by the fact that their voices are muted in society and too frequently unheard. Islamic Relief is committed to highlighting these challenges and encouraging policy makers and aid funders to take action, and is publishing a new report focusing on the experiences of women in Iraq and Lebanon in particular.
Stephen Doughty MP - Member of Parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth
Yvette Cooper MP - Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford* (Invited)