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Women's Social Club: gathering to empower refugee women in Arsal

Syrian Refugees | 2019-03-15 18:38:00
Women's Social Club: gathering to empower refugee women in Arsal

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A group of Syrian women activists established a Women's Social Club in the Syrian refugee camps in the Lebanese border town of Arsal, seeking is to handle and solve the women’s problems and obstacles in the camps.

The club includes 15 Syrian activists, 2 Syrian legal advocates and a social specialist in psychological support skills in addition to 4 Lebanese women.

Wafa al-Ma’arani, one of the founding members, told Zaman al-Wasl that the idea of the club is inspired from the International Women's Day, which happened a few days ago.

She added that one of the club's main goals is to fight against the social and family problems imposed by the asylum conditions on Syrian women.

The most prominent of these problems are the early marriage of a large group of girls under the age of 18, which increase the psychological, health and family problems. It’s noteworthy that early marriages are "legalized" within the camps and not in legal courts.

For her part, Asia Al-Masri, Syrian activist and founding member, said that the club will against the girl school leaving, which is one of the biggest problem that will submitted to the relevant U.N. and legal bodies.

In addition to that, Asia mentioned the absence of health and psychological care for a large segment of Syrian refugees inside the camps, forcing a large part of them to join the labor market to secure their life requirements at low wages and long working hours that may exceed 12 hours of work in Shopping malls, boutiques, clothing stores and more.

In the same context, Radwa Hassoun, one of the volunteers in the club, said that the establishment of this club was in cooperation with the “Voice of the Syrian refugee in Lebanon” which aims to monitor the health and service in Syrian refugees’ camps in Lebanon.

Mohamed Khaled Sibaa, who is the community president of the “Voice of Refugees in Lebanon” and volunteer in the club, said that the club is interested to achieve serious and effective laws to protect the Syrian refugee from the social and legal abuses caused by asylum.

He revealed that the domestic physical and verbal violence has been inflicted on women as a result of bad economic conditions and unhealthy housing conditions.

Some 5.6 million Syrian refugees remain in neighboring countries – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, accotinf to the U.N. figures.

Since the Syrian revolution erupted in 2011, more than 560,000 people have been killed, and more than 6 million people have been displaced.

Zaman Al Wasl
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