Syria: Care in Crisis for Women and Girls

The Problem 

"Syria has become the great tragedy of this century."
António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 

One Refugee Woman’s Testimony:

“One of the worst things about being a refugee is feeling invisible. If something horrible happened to me, no one would know about it. I used to think about that, and it would fill me with a terrible feeling. When I was home, I knew that my family and my neighbors would take care of me if I was sick or if someone tried to hurt me. But I felt so alone now.

But when we received your help, it changed so much. It told me that someone knows I am here. That someone is worried about me and they want to make sure that I'm OK. Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone.”

The Syrian people are enduring one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters.  Women and girls are suffering widespread rape and forced marriages on top of the mass displacement, starvation and armed attacks threatening millions of civilians. 

The Solution

In partnership with grassroots Syrian women's groups inside Syria and those in refugee communities in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, MADRE is: 

  • Delivering life-saving aid, including emergency medical supplies, solar lanterns to prevent night-time assaults on women, and community-based trauma counseling.
  • Providing reproductive health services and supplies, contraception, and family planning counseling.
  • Training women to document, denounce and eventually prosecute rape as a weapon of war.
  • Advocating for Syrian women's independent participation in peace negotiations.
  • Connecting Syrian women to peace activists from across the world to share lessons learned about building communities back from conflict.

The Results

  • Syrian women and their families get humanitarian aid that saves lives and relieves the terrible poverty that drives families to make marriages for their young daughters.
  • Women can control their fertility and are better able to care for the children they already have. 
  • Vital reproductive care improves the health of mothers and babies.
  • Women who have been raped get care and counseling and learn to document current crimes against women for future prosecution. 
  • Women learn to negotiate peace agreements that produce a lasting, sustainable end to war and safeguard women’s human rights.