Rule of Law and Refugee Crisis: Refugee Women, Jordan

5 October 2016. From 18:30 | Workshop | English | IEMed, Barcelona
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With the escalation of conflicts in the Middle East, women are suffering from the alienation of their own rights as well as being victims of discrimination. As refugees, women are even more vulnerable, as many of them leave their countries without documents. In the case of Lebanon, half of refugee women have reported abuse, while in Jordan a quarter of marriages are with minors. The arrival of Syrians in neighboring countries leads these countries to establish special regulations and response mechanisms to meet the growing needs of refugee populations. The process, however, was clouded by fears related to the integration and permanent stay of refugees. This vulnerability arising from the lack of rights and protection is exemplified in the situation that was lived until recently in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, which with a population of 80,000 people, the camp suffered a high daily conflict and was governed by traditional laws and customs that left women especially unprotected.

The ARDD – Legal Aid recognizes the need to put in place a functional governance structure and an efficient legal system that can ensure the protection of women. This has led the organization, together with UNHCR and the Jordanian government, to advocate for initiatives to establish the rule of law in the Za’atari refugee camp, in order to improve and protect women and children of the camp. An initiative that has proven effective, especially in the training of refugees through legal aid, and which is now looking to move to other camps.



Teresa Velázquez

Professor UAB

Samar Muhareb

Director ARDD-Legal Aid



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