International Women’s Day 2016

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International Women’s Day 2016

Every year on 8 March, we recognise International Women’s Day. It's an opportunity to celebrate advancements made in gender equality, while enabling us to take stock of the many challenges and injustices women face around the world.

This year Concern is focusing on the challenges faced by women affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Concern is supporting refugees from Syria in Lebanon to help them deal with tensions in the area and at home, as well as earn some form of livelihood through embroidery. Photo taken by Abbie Trayler Smith / Panos Pictures for Concern Worldwide.

Syrian women in crisis

The crisis in Syria now spans half a decade and the humanitarian impact has been massive. Over a quarter of a million people have lost their lives, 11 million have been displaced from their homes, 9.8 million people have been rendered food insecure, not to mention the complete erosion of basic services like water, sanitation, medical services and education. Read the UN report.

Women and girls have been disproportionately impacted by the crisis. The challenges posed to women by war, displacement and poverty are huge, and include:

  • Psychological trauma
  • Family separation and social vulnerability
  • Physical, sexual and gender-based violence
  • Early and forced marriage
  • Lack of access to educational opportunities,
  • Inability to access basic social services

How Concern is helping

We’re providing emergency assistance to families affected by the crisis in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. In addition to providing help with fundamentals like food and shelter, we are also working to provide educational and protection supports to women, children and men affected by these issues.

Engaging men in addressing gender-based violence is an essential step. We’re working with Syrian refugee men to:

  • Help them understand and address the root causes of gender-based violence
  • Train them in non-violent communication and conflict resolution
  • Develop their understanding of child development
  • Encourage more gender equitable roles in the family and community

We have helped establish gender-balanced management committees in informal refugee settlements to prevent and address issues as they arise. We are also providing psychosocial support for women in children by providing educational and recreational opportunities to them.

Testimonies of Syrians affected by the crisis

Take part in International Women’s Day

There are lots of ways you can join us in celebrating International Women’s Day this year.

Bake for International Women’s Day

Raise funds for Concern’s vital education work with women by organising a bake party in your work place or with your friends.  We’ll start you off with some baking goodies from our sponsors Dr. Oetker and Galaxy, and provide you with posters, collection boxes and information leaflets to help you on your way.

Join our online communities

If you can’t take part in one of our events, show your support on social networks by liking, retweeting, favoriting generally sharing our content:

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