MENA REFUGEE CRISIS

Syria attack: A critical moment for global action, six years too late

More than 100 people, including women and children, are believed to have been killed and hundreds more injured in a chemical attack in Syria on Tuesday. Syrian doctors and other officials believe the odorless and colorless chemical agent sarin—which Damascus was supposed to have gotten rid of as part of a 2013 U.S.-Russian-brokered deal—was used…

Rozina

Rozina's Story

In Istanbul recently, we joined a convening of Syrian and Iraqi women activists that Global Fund for Women co-funded with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and MADRE. More than 60 people attended, including nine Syrian women activists and sixteen Iraqi women activists. The testimony from the women gathered there was searing. In…

Noha and three of her children

Noha's Story

Noha* is a 40-year-old Syrian refugee from a village outside Hama. She and her family have been living in the Shatila camp in southern Beirut for three years, after escaping Syria when the war reached their village in 2012. Noha’s life is not what she could’ve expected four years ago. “Even though we were in…

Women and the Refugee Crisis: A News Update from Lebanon

The situation in the [Shatila refugee] camp is just absolutely terrible. We have a lot of problems—health problems, environmental problems, security problems…The woman is the one suffering the most, and the children. —Nada Al Ajouz With the past week’s deadly attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, the situation for refugees across the Middle East and…

beneficiary and volunteer at Tadamon, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut, Lebanon

On the Ground in Lebanon: Stepping up for Women and Children in the Refugee Crisis

Global Fund for Women’s Jane Sloane shares her experience of a refugee camp in Lebanon during her October visit to the Middle East, and explains what our grantee partners are doing to help women and girls affected by the refugee crisis. The devastating civil war in Syria has cost over 300,000 lives, displaced more than…