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World Vision provides emergency assistance to children and families affected by natural disasters and civil conflict, working with communities to develop long-term solutions to alleviate poverty, and advocate for justice on behalf of the poor.
Millions of girls and women around the world are subjected to abuse, child labor, sex trafficking, early marriage, and other offenses.
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"Are you Syrian? Will you marry me?" Mufeeda has heard these two questions each day for the past year — ever since she escaped from war-torn Syria across the border into Jordan with her four children. Her husband went missing in the violence.
Unwelcome advances like these are all too common.
"So many women have lost their husbands, and so many families lost their fathers," said Hind, a 26-year-old Syrian who volunteers to help fellow refugees through CARE. "[Men] are dealing with women as goods."
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at least 20 percent of Syrian women never left home before they were displaced by the conflict and now find themselves trying to navigate a difficult and often predatory new landscape
Mufeeda is one of more than 500,000 Syrian refugees now in Jordan; 75 percent of them are women and children.1 When female refugees are forced to leave their homes, they're often trading one dangerous situation for another. Nearly 2 million Syrians have fled their country in search of safety.
For almost 2 years before coming to Jordan, Mufeeda and her family lived in fear, enduring constant bombing and violence. "We decided to take the chance and leave everything behind us when we heard that Syrians who come to Jordan get assisted and provided with all the help they need," she explained. But what she found when she arrived in Jordan with her family in August 2012 was quite different from what she'd hoped for.
While some refugees are living in large communal camps, most — at least 70 percent3 — have sought refuge in urban areas such as Jordan's capital, Amman. Unable to pay the ever rising rents typical in the city some find themselves in makeshift shelters, vacant buildings or sharing overcrowded apartments with other families. They are safe from Syria's crossfire but have little access to water and sanitation and limited opportunities to earn an income to provide for their family's needs. It is also difficult for some families to continue their children's education as the public schools with space for additional students are often located far from the family's temporary living quarters.
Mufeeda hasn't heard from her husband for more than 6 months. For now her 12-year-old son, Azhar, is helping shoulder the family's economic burden. He works 12 hours a day at a local coffee shop, earning a little more than $2 per day. He works every day of the week and brings home just $14 — not enough to feed his mother, three siblings and the family they live with.
Some refugees are turning to early marriage as a solution.
"In Jordan, some [Syrian] women are [being] married very young because they are so in need and their family cannot support them," Hind explained.
Amira, aged 15, from Idleb, told CARE staff, "I always thought I would go to university and become a pharmacist; it was the wish of my family that I would continue my studies. Now my father worries about money all the time and I think I will be married before I ever have the chance to finish school."
According to a survey by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 33 percent of Syrian women typically marry before the age of 18.4 However, evidence suggests that because of the challenges of mass displacement in countries such as Jordan, the percentage of marriages at an even earlier age is quickly rising. Refugee families are more and more desperate to find ways to cope with their situation, e.g., through dowries and having fewer children to feed. CARE staff also report that families are marrying their teenage daughters early as a way of keeping them safe, especially when there are no male relatives to turn to for protection.
CARE is also responding to the needs of Syrian refugee families in Lebanon, where 80-year old Amina is taking care of her granddaughters, 12-year-old Amina and 7-year-old Sahed, as best she can. Photo credit: ©2013 Adel Sarkozi/CARE International
Early marriage, exploitation and discrimination are just a few of the increased dangers that female refugees face. For example, they may resort to exchanging sex for goods or for protection in order to survive. Risks of sexual violence are aggravated during a crisis as a result of overcrowding, lack of privacy and lack of adequate safety measures in the abandoned buildings and other locations where many refugees have found shelter. CARE responds to multiple emergencies in a given year and is well aware of just how vulnerable women and girls are in situations like this one. It makes assisting them a priority.
REACHING GIRLS AND WOMEN
"In Jordan, our case workers make significant extra effort to reach out to female-headed households and women refugees, who may also have greater difficulty in approaching agencies for services, because they feel uncomfortable doing so or are unable to obtain transport," said Holly Solberg, CARE USA director of emergency and humanitarian assistance. "Cultural and safety concerns often keep refugee women from circulating freely. Our emergency response focuses on the needs of the most vulnerable to support women and girls who face violence every day."
CARE has established refugee centers in Amman, in the city of Zarqa, and is in the process of opening up two refugee centers in the north of Jordan in Irbid and Mafraq. Volunteers — most of whom are refugees themselves — staff the centers and assist families with information on access to support services for education, health and job opportunities as well as emergency cash assistance that families use to meet their urgent financial needs. "We've reached more than 22,000 families (approximately 110,000 Syrians) with information and referrals and have provided 8,000 families with cash assistance to help pay living costs," Solberg said. CARE's monitoring of the program suggests that, most often, families first use the cash to pay rent, then to obtain health care, and third to put food on the table.
CARE is providing psychosocial support through family well-being centers, with a focus on children, mothers, survivors of gender-based violence and the elderly. "These centers offer a whole range of therapeutic activities, including safe play spaces for children, study sessions for school-aged youth and support groups for mothers with infants," said Salam Kanaan, CARE Jordan country director. "We are also working with refugees and host communities to raise awareness of early marriage, sexual exploitation and gender-based violence to help guarantee the safety and dignity of women and girls."
CARE is also consulting with host governments and communities on opportunities to help women like Mufeeda become more economically independent while they're living outside of Syria.
There is currently no diplomatic solution to the conflict, and as the situation continues to deteriorate, the humanitarian disaster expands. Beyond Syria's borders, the needs of refugee families and the communities sheltering them keep growing. More than 6,000 Syrians seek protection in neighboring countries every single day. By December the total number of refugees could more than double, to 3.4 million.5
Every one of them has a story not so different from Mufeeda: They lost their home. They left almost everything behind. Many are missing family. Children are missing school. They are uncertain what their future holds.
CARE is working to allay that uncertainty. Over the next two years, CARE aims to continue and expand services to refugees as they arrive in countries such as Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.
"We want to see Syrian refugees do more than just survive," said Kanaan. "We want to make sure that they have the chance to make their dreams come true."
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Millions of girls around the globe are forced to marry each year. Wives and mothers, but still children, many married girls spend their days largely invisible to others. This story offers a rare glimpse into the lives of child brides in Ethiopia and how ICRW is making a difference for them.
AMHARA REGION, Ethiopia – Kasanesh squats to make a fire, using one hand to stack wood and the other to steady her daughter, who reaches for her mother's breast. Since she awoke at 7 a.m., Kasanesh has made injera, Ethiopia's traditional spongy flatbread. She gathered firewood. And she walked about a half-mile to fetch water from a spring, hauling the container across rocky terrain to her home.
There was a time when 17-year-old Kasanesh's mornings would include a walk to school. But that seems like a far away memory these days, ever since her parents halted her studies to make her wed a man she didn't know. Now Kasanesh feels she has no choice: "I have a home and a child," she says through an interpreter, "so I can't go back to school now."
Strikingly beautiful with haunting, distant eyes, Kasanesh is one of hundreds of thousands of child brides in northern Ethiopia's Amhara region who, despite laws against it, are married in often secret ceremonies to men eight or more years their senior. Most don't learn they're getting married until a week or days before the ceremony. Many remain isolated in remote villages, unable to attend community gatherings or even church. Instead, their lives —at least their first few years of marriage—are often defined by household chores and tending to their husbands' and in-laws' needs.
Wives and mothers, but not yet adults, these girls spend their days largely invisible to others.
The ICRW, in partnership with CARE-Ethiopia and the Nike Foundation, is working to create a different environment for married girls like Kasanesh, one where they are valued by others and can gain the ability to have a kernel of control over their lives. By empowering them, these child brides are likely to have a better chance of not only becoming healthy, productive adults, but also mothers who may one day stand against their own daughters being forced to marry.
The effort is called TESFA, which means "hope" in Amharic. It targets 5,000 child brides in Amhara —most are between 14 and 19 —with education about sexual and reproductive health, how to save and invest money and lessons on everything from how to care for a newborn to how to communicate in a relationship. It is one of the few programs worldwide for the often overlooked population of married adolescent girls.
The program is one of ICRW's latest endeavors in a nearly 20-year commitment to documenting the causes and consequences of child marriage and devising solutions to prevent it. ICRW is now taking a unique approach by focusing on understanding what works to empower girls who are already married and better conditions for them within the system in which they must live.
Meanwhile, calls for action are growing louder, with international organizations such as ICRW banding together to spotlight child brides' plight and their potential. This unprecedented attention is being driven by new groups such as Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, and individuals like photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair, who makes powerful images to educate the world about the lives of girls forced into marriage. Grassroots groups around the world are mobilizing against the practice, too. And legislators in the United States, Great Britain and elsewhere are pushing legislation to eliminate early marriage.
Advocates and research experts say that the movement to end child marriage and support girls like Kasanesh who are already married will not only better the lives of millions of girls worldwide, it will also better the world.
"Keeping unmarried girls out of wedlock and in school, as well as providing more information and resources to already married girls, has a ripple effect," says Ann Warner, an ICRW senior gender and youth specialist. "Educated, informed and empowered girls will have a better chance to make the most of their lives, and to contribute productively to their families and communities. And that ultimately has a huge impact on major development priorities, such as improving global health, literacy and economic security, and alleviating hunger and gender-based violence."
Childhood ends after vows
Forced marriage persists around the globe, from Nepal to Nicaragua and Yemen to Uganda. It is a complex tradition, one fueled significantly by poverty and gender inequality; tied to parents' desire to provide more for their family, and to a certain extent, protect their daughters.
In many developing nations, where girls are often valued less than boys, marrying daughters early can be viewed as a way to ease a family's financial burden; it's one less mouth to feed. In some countries, child marriage can mean a small dowry or a gift of cattle or land to farm from the future husband's family. And as is often the case worldwide, including in Amhara, girls' virginity holds a high price: many parents believe early marriage protects their daughters from sexual violence and "dishonor," and secures their economic future.
But for girls like Kasanesh, there is little benefit to this arrangement. Girls' childhood swiftly ends with the exchange of vows. Worldwide, most child brides drop out of school. Girl wives are more likely to experience domestic violence. Their mobility is restricted and they have little power in household decisions. And in many countries, young brides often are at risk of a slew of health problems, including life-threatening complications from early pregnancy and childbirth.
"The overwhelming majority of births to adolescents happen within marriage, not outside it," says ICRW's Jeffrey Edmeades, a social demographer who leads the TESFA program for ICRW. "That's why supporting these girls when they first wed and become mothers is so critical —it will impact their and their family's health and economic status for decades."
Despite the tragic outcomes and despite the pull of custom, research experts say traditions can change. There are signs of this happening in Ethiopia. A national law requires consenting couples to be at least 18 years old to marry. Elementary school students learn about the law in their civics classes, as well as about the health and economic consequences of early marriage. The country's health ministry has built clinics and deployed workers to villages to provide much-needed services and education, including about early marriage.
Such educational efforts are leading some families to consider alternatives to early marriage. Still, more global attention is needed for girls who are already married and no longer in school —girls who feel they have no choice, no chance for a fuller life.
They are girls like Kasanesh who, for now, remains one of the invisible ones.
A young bride's new life
Kasanesh and her 28-year-old husband Shiferaw live at the edge of a cliff in a small, traditional home with dirt floors and a cone-shaped straw roof. Most every day for Kasanesh is filled with household chores—gathering firewood and water, caring for their 1-year-old daughter, cooking, sweeping.
Kasanesh is not yet participating in TESFA, but will start soon, along with nearly 480 other married girls.
She speaks almost in a whisper, her eyes downcast. A large cross hangs from her neck, and like many girls here, she wears a loose dark green dress to her calves. She is happiest, she says, when she's able to be with other girls her age.
Kasanesh is Shiferaw's second wife; his first marriage ended in divorce. Friends alerted Kasanesh that she was going to be married three days before the 8 p.m. ceremony. "I was not happy when I found out," Kasanesh says. "I was more happy in school."
On her wedding night, an uncle brought her to her in-laws' home where she lived for her first year of marriage. "I cried the first two, three days," she says. "And after that, the family helped me get through it."
After a year, Kasanesh moved in with Shiferaw, a lanky man with an easy, friendly smile. "I didn't understand what was going on. I was still a child," she says. Later, she didn't understand how a baby came to grow in her belly.
Kasanesh's future, however, may already have been determined by her own parents' decision. She wanted to finish her studies, get a government job one day. She feels there's no chance of that, now that she's married.
She is a different person today since being forced to wed.
"I'm much older now than I used to be a year ago," Kasanesh says. "I feel like I've lived more than my age."
All content courtesy of International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).