Zeinab, 43, is a mother of seven living in Kofranjeh-Ajloun, Jordan. The job market is tough these days, especially for new graduates like her three daughters, which is why Zeinab had to think outside the box. “My daughters graduated from university and they tried to find jobs but they couldn’t find anything.” Zeinab realised her village was missing a gym and, with her girls having degrees in sports and nutrition, she decided to give it a try and develop a business where they would be employed. She took out a loan in 2018 and opened her gym.
Strengthening Access to Protection, Participation and Services for Women Refugees, IDPs and Host Communities
The overall objective of the project is to improve the livelihood, agency and legal and social protection for Syrian women refugees, IDPs and women in host communities in Lebanon, Iraq / KR-I and Jordan.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- Security and resilience for Syrian women refugees, IDPs and women from host communities in Lebanon and Iraq/KR-I is enhanced through supporting and coordinating comprehensive and structured services and referral mechanisms;
- National institutions, policy frameworks and legislation are more gender sensitive and gender equality and empowerment are sustainably enhanced;
- Improved livelihood of women Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and contribution made to eliminating practical, social, cultural and legal barriers to their employment.
Huda is from Damascus, Syria, she is 42 years old and she lives in Deir Alla, Jordan, with her two children and her husband. “The training was very useful. They taught us how to work as a team, to cooperate and respect each other, in addition to preparing us for a future job."
Alliance 1325, an Iraqi national initiative that advocates for women’s rights and the implementation of Iraq’s National Action Plan (NAP) for the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, held a two-day National Civil Society Conference on 3-4 February in the framework of the ‘Madad for Women’ project funded by the European Union through the EU’s Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the EU ‘Madad Fund’. The conference was also supported by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).