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When the fear follows: Women's centres help Syrian refugees cope

31 Octobre 2014
Author: UNFPA
The UNFPA-supported the Institute for Family Health center in Deir Alla. Photo credit: UNFPA/David Brunetti

DEIR ALLA, Jordan – “All I know is that I needed help badly,” said Reem,* a 22-year-old mother of three, at a women’s centre in Deir Alla, Jordan, supported by UNFPA and the Institute for Family Health (IFH).

“Without the help of the social workers here in the centre, I would have committed suicide,” she said.

Reem is one of some 619,000 Syrian refugees who have been forced to cross the border into Jordan. Her family has struggled to adjust. “Our lives changed in one day, when we had to flee to Jordan from the horror and violence in Syria,” she said.

The terror stayed with them. Her husband was overwhelmed with fear for the family’s safety. He even restricted Reem’s movements.

“My husband was so obsessed after we arrived here that he didn’t want us to cross the house door,” she said.

“I learned about this centre from my neighbours. I visited them and explained our problem. In turn, the staff sat with me and my husband several times, individually and together. They gave us a great help.”

Across-the-board support

The Deir Alla centre is one of many IFH centres supported by UNFPA in Jordan. These centres offer a range of services to women throughout Jordan, including reproductive health services such as antenatal care and family planning counselling. They also provide psychosocial assistance, legal counselling and support for survivors of gender-based violence.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, these centres have been an important resource for Syrian refugee women and girls.

In Jordan, there are an estimated 149,849 Syrian refugee women and girls of reproductive age, and an estimated 10,939 pregnant Syrian refugees. These women and girls need sexual and reproductive health support, and many also require psychosocial assistance to cope with the stresses of the conflict and their displacement.

With its partners, UNFPA helped 17,590 refugee women and girls in Jordan receive reproductive health services in August and September. UNFPA also supported more than 2,850 refugee survivors of gender-based violence.

Reem sits beside a display of clothing she made through a skills-building course at the Deir Alla centre. Photo credit: UNFPA/David Brunetti

Building skills, hope

The Deir Alla centre has also begun offering skills-building programmes, such as knitting and beadwork classes, which could potentially help women earn an income.

Reem began attending these courses, and soon developed a passion for knitting. While she spoke to UNFPA, she was knitting a wool hat. “Because of the help of the social workers here, I realized that I’m excellent at knitting,” she said.

She and the other students now proudly display clothes they have made. “This helped me regain strength and happiness,” Reem said.

*Name has been changed

– Zeina Horani

 

Jordan
Population : 10.2 mil
Taux de fertilité
2.6
Ratio de mortalité maternelle
46
Taux de prévalence contraceptive
30
Population âgée de 10 à 24 ans
30.6%
Inscription des jeunes en enseignement secondaire
Garçons 62%
Filles 64%
Syrian Arab Republic
Population : 17.5 mil
Taux de fertilité
2.7
Ratio de mortalité maternelle
31
Taux de prévalence contraceptive
37
Population âgée de 10 à 24 ans
28.2%
Inscription des jeunes en enseignement secondaire
Garçons 49%
Filles 48%

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