Syrian Women in Transition Civil-Military Occasional Papers 1/2021

This paper presents a snapshot of what it is like to be a Syrian woman in transition in Jordan or Lebanon. In 2019 we investigated the lives of these women to find out what challenges they face and the conditions, policies and structures that help or hinder their opportunities.

This paper – the first in a series of three – is part of a wider research project on Syrian refugee women. It focuses on findings from the fieldwork conducted by the primary author on the experiences of Syrian women in Jordan and Lebanon. Between November 2018 and November 2019 we interviewed 100 women between the ages of 18 and 63 (most in their 30s and 40s). The interviews were the primary source of information for this paper. We gave all the women the option to choose their own pseudonym and almost all chose to remain anonymous. There were three groups of women pertinent to this research: women inside Syria; women with no active citizenship, such as those seeking refuge in neighbouring countries; and women resettled in Australia. Because of security limitations, we focused on the groups outside Syria. 

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