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TUR IRC Protection Center for Women and Girls in Osmaniye.

Topic :

-Conflict prevention and transformation

-Protection and Access

-Psycho-social support

-Non-formal basic education (including youth and adults life skills and literacy)

Budget : CHF 393'000

Description : There are 2,2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Women and girls - who constitute half of this population - are particularly vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and the denial of rights. As a systematic response to their protection needs is today still lacking, they often have difficulties in accessing general refugee assistance schemes for their specific needs. This project in Osmaniye province (southern Turkey) will therefore create a center especially dedicated to providing services and support to female refugees.

Background : Turkeys Law on International Protection & Foreigners of 2014 provides a legal framework for protection of refugees. There is, however, no systematic response to the gender-specific protection needs of either camp- or non-camp refugees.

Syrian female refugees in Turkey are in all evidence particularly vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and the denial of rights: They are increasingly forced into polygamy, and early and forced marriages of under-age girls are of growing concern. Many of them suffer distress and violence linked to poverty, uprootedness, and exclusion. The identification of SGBV survivors, including victims of trafficking, is extremely difficult, and public services available to them are limited. In urban areas, Syrian women facing economic stress sometimes resort to negative coping mechanisms (e.g. survival sex ). Their access to psycho-social and legal support, education and employment is limited due to language barriers and restrictive gender roles. Especially, in traditionally conservative provinces like Osmaniye, where womens vulnerability is heightened by their isolation and restricted mobility in the male-dominated public space, the need for distinct and targeted protection services for Syrian female refugees is of high priority.

IRCs focus group discussions in Osmaniye province demonstrated a clear need for, and an explicit demand of female refugees for such a protection space. Currently, no NGOs and UN agencies provide such a service in Osmaniye.

Objectives : Syrian women and girls are safer, have improved psychosocial well-being, and self-reliance, and have greater power to protect themselves against risks in their homes and communities.

Project completion date : 2016-12-31 12:00:00

Major organization : SWISS AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION (SDC)

Address : Embassy of Switzerland

Atatrk Bulvari 247

P.K.25

06680 Kavaklidere, Ankara

Country :Turkey

Email : ank.vertretung@eda.admin.ch

Url : https://www.eda.admin.ch/ankara

Financier : SWISS AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION (SDC),

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Publication:Mena Report
Date:May 9, 2016
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