Gender Based Violence and Child Protection among Syrian Refugees in Jordan, With the Focus on Early Marriage

Queen Zein Al-Sharaf Institute for Development (ZENID)
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The report aims to address the particular needs and cultural dynamics of Syrian refugees residing in Jordan, especially with regards gender-based violence and child protection issues. It presents a comprehensive range of perspectives from urban Syrian refugees and local Jordanian decision makers in government, community-based organizations and the religious and education sectors. The assessment of this report is based on data collected through three methodologies including questionnaire survey to refugees outside the Za’atari refugee camp, focus group discussions in regions across Jordan and in-depth interviews. Key findings of the report are 1. The rates of early marriage are high, 2. A significant percentage of children contribute to the household’s income and 3. Restrictions on women and girls’ mobility constrain their participation in social and economic activities and access to basic services. The report recommends measures to prevent acts of sexual exploitation and abuse and ensure the needs of the most vulnerable members of the Syrian refugee population in the cities.

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