Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women Girls and Host Communities

UN Women’s new integrated refugee response programme in Turkey, Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women, Girls and Host Communities, aims to help up to 60,000 people, mainly displaced Syrian women and girls and host-country nationals in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey, overcome social and structural barriers and integrate into their host communities. 

Focusing on economic empowerment of Syrian and host community women the programme aims towards working towards increasing their skills, qualifications and income opportunities while training the women and girls in crisis prevention, conflict management and peace building and providing them with immediate and longer-term protection services.

Funded by the European Union (EU) as part of the EU Regional Trust Fund to the Syria Crisis (MADAD), Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women, Girls and Host Communities, will run from January 2018 to January 2020 with a budget of EUR 15,625,000. 

A minimum of 5,000 women and girls will directly benefit from these protection and livelihood opportunities in the Turkey portion of the programme, with an expected outreach of 20,000. By January 2020 when the programme ends, participating women are expected to have increased self-reliance and be economically more empowered.

To implement the programme in Turkey, UN Women partnered with Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM).

ASAM manages the SADA Women-only Centre in Gaziantep, which provides the most vulnerable refugee and local women with psycho-social support and refers them to local social service providers. ILO offers women from refugee and host communities mentoring, job guidance, and language and vocational training. Opened in 2017 with the financial support of the Government of Japan, the SADA Women-only Centre is now open five days a week. 

In addition, UN Women Turkey supports efforts by key national institutions and municipalities for a gender-sensitive refugee response that meets both women and men’s needs. Besides providing comprehensive training for first-line responders to refugees, the UN Women’s refugee response programme will work to enhance peaceful relations between host and refugee communities and engage men and boys as critical actors for gender equality.