Report for Islamic Relief (April 2017)
Six months ago, in September 2016, Islamic Relief released Invisible Lives, a report outlining the plight of Syrian women in Lebanon and the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. It described the lack of good employment opportunities, the prevalence of gender-based violence in communities and the workplace and extremely limited access to good education for children, including girls. Six months on, ahead of another international conference on Syria, the UN has launched new aid appeals and strategies for Lebanon and Iraq. But what has changed? Is the international community now delivering? Are women refugees receiving more and better support? Are their lives improving?