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Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Türkiye

General Information

Title of the action

Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Türkiye

Priority areas


Focus priority area


Implementing Partner (contract signatory)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)

Action Implementing Partner(s)

Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services (MoFLSS), Gaziantep municipality

Duration (months)

36 (Starting date: 01/02/2018)

EU Contribution (EUR)

Total of EUR 13,029,078 (multi-country) out of which EUR 5,529,078 are allocated to Türkiye contracted under FRIT-EUTF funding.


Summary of the Action

Overall objective

To strengthen the resilience of Syrian women refugees and women in host communities in Iraq, Jordan and Türkiye. This programme builds on the work UN Women has been doing in strengthening resilience of Syrian affected women in refugee camps and host communities through protection, economic empowerment and increased access to multi-sectoral services.

Specific objective(s)

The specific objectives are:

1. To enable women’s economic empowerment through increased access to recovery and livelihood opportunities, and comprehensive protection services and support women to live and engage in public space free from violence.

2. To promote a culture of peace and co-existence through supporting women to lead and engage in peacebuilding, reconciliation, conflict prevention and rights protection.


Ankara, Gaziantep, Mardin, Kilis, Sanliurfa, Istanbul, Izmir

Target groups

At individual level, assistance in Türkiye will target those outside of camps and those that meet vulnerability criteria (as detailed below and in country specific Description of Actions). Geographically, assistance will target areas hosting the largest numbers of refugees/displaced within each country (set out under country specific Description of Actions). At institutional level, the project will target national women’s organisations and government partners for institutional strengthening on gender mainstreaming and resilience focused service delivery.

Expected results

1. Women - displaced, refugee and host country nationals –increase access to short term productive and financial assets and skills, and men are engaged as partners in social equality and economic growth.

2. Women are empowered and have access to long-term employment opportunities.

3. Gender equality priorities are adequately costed to ensure that the resources needed are mobilized and budgets allocated.

4. Women refugee and host country nationals increase access to comprehensive essential services.

5. Women’s organizations are supported to promote stability and peaceful co-existence in their communities.

Main activities

1. Implementing men-engage programs to educate men and mobilize their support for women’s economic empowerment and against gender-based violence.

2. Providing basic life and market skills training programmes including Turkish language courses.

3. Providing market oriented vocational and technical training courses.

4. Providing entrepreneurship courses for Syrian women who are willing to start up their own business models.

5. Establishing a mentoring/role model system for empowerment of women.

6. Providing opportunities and resources for small scale income generation activities and supporting women’s cooperatives.

7. Providing job-counselling and legal advice on work permits and job security.

8. Developing training materials on gender-sensitive service delivery in refugee response.

9. Providing training seminars for first-line responders on gender-equality and gender sensitive refugee response planning and service provision.

10. Supporting the SADA Women-Only centre in Gaziantep and Women’s Solidarity Center in Izmir in providing outreach and protection services for refugee and Turkish women and girls.

11. Designing and implementing outreach and referral programmes.

12. Supporting women from refugee and host communities to participate in cultural events, physical activities and other community building activities.

13. Producing communications and advocacy materials on positive messaging and fighting against stereotypes and prejudices against the refugee population.

14. Implementing capacity building programmes for supporting women groups from refugee and host communities to promote co-existence.

15. Supporting women to engage in common community level projects.


Progress of Action as of 31 March 2020

State of progress


Progress against Facility Results Framework


• 1.897 Syrian refugees and host community members who participated in employability skills training programmes

• 1.069 Syrian refugees and host community members who benefitted from employment related services

• 370 Syrian refugees who completed a Turkish language course outside the formal education system

• 1 SMEs that benefitted from coaching

• 1 supported operational community centres

• 2.740 refugees and host community members who participated in social cohesion activities

¹ The data in this Factsheet is sourced from the SUMAF Data Management System. SUMAF is a Facility monitoring and evaluation services project managed by the European Union Delegation to Türkiye.

² A ‘cumulative’ indicator reports the total value of the indicator since the start of the Action.