Addressing Violence Against Syrian Refugee Women in the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq

Syrian refugee women (108,048) UN registered) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) face low social status, lack of legal, economic and social autonomy, marginalization and isolation compounded by stigmatization and discrimination, including dominant social norms that caste women as second-class citizens, within their communities and in the host country. They are vulnerable to violence and there are inadequate services (security, justice, health) to prevent VAW/G, protect women and girls and respond effectively to their needs. With lack of political will and resources in the KRI, local civil society organizations are responsible to undertake majority of prevention and response efforts; but they are overburdened and under-resourced. WfWI and Warvin propose a project that empowers individual women and engages multiple stakeholders to create a better environment to prevent and respond to VAW/G in KRI: Outcome 1: Improve the self-confidence, rights knowledge, savings and income generation and access to VAW/G-related services for 600 Syrian refugee women; and Objective 2: Improve the environment for Syrian refugee women through enhanced prevention and response to VAW/G.


The activities for achieving Outcome 1 include: a comprehensive economic and social empowerment program to directly support these 600 women; additional leadership and advocacy training for 100 selected refugee women; direct trauma counselling to Syrian women GBV survivors; development of a drop-in and referral pathway facility for Syrian women GBV survivors; and dedicated legal aid, information, guidance and referrals to other services including establishing centers for GBV survivors in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. For Outcome 2, WfWI/Warvin’s activities include support for Syrian women refugees to undertake campaigns and advocacy activities; GBV awareness-raising and GBV prevention workshops for 600 male community leaders and people of influence (religious and secular; government and civil society); and technical assistance and mentoring to Warvin for local capacity building.


  • Iraq


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Health
  • Capacity Strengthening for CSOs (general)
  • Protection
  • Gender
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