March 22, 2022
Together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Signify Foundation provided solar-powered portable lights to approximately 11,000 households in rural and urban areas in Syria as it strives to help protect women and girls against gender-based violence (GBV).
More than ten years after the civil war started, Syria still deals with one of the world’s most complex humanitarian crises, characterized by persisting high levels of displacement and widespread destruction of infrastructure, including homes, schools, health facilities, water and electricity supply and irrigation systems. Today, a harsh economic crisis comes on top of all this. This crisis leaves13.4 million people in Syria in desperate need of humanitarian assistance - a 21% increase compared to 2020.1
One of the striking issues of this crisis is the continued gender-based impact, with women and adolescent girls paying a high price for harmful and discriminatory gender norms, including gender-based violence. What increases the gender-based violence is the status of many of the girls and women. An estimated 11% of households in Syria are currently headed by a woman due to divorce or the death of their husbands.2 This results in systemic discrimination in a context where they are already disadvantaged in the employment market and face an economic crisis that makes vital goods such as food unaffordable.
In many cases, the consequences of systemic discrimination against divorced and widowed girls and women have long-term consequences on them, creating a vicious cycle of further increasing the risks of gender-based violence, or homelessness.3