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Echoes from Syria Issue 10 - International Women’s Day 2015, Building Awareness of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Syria [EN/AR]

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International Women’s Day is held annually on 8 March to celebrate women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. This year the focus for the day was “Empowering Women: Empowering Humanity”.

One of the challenges women face worldwide is Gender-Based Violence (GBV) which normally increases during crises as women are often abused out of frustration and desperation.

In addition, due to the collapse of social norms and the breakdown of law and order, many women face violence and abuse at the hands of armies or militias.

In the past many Syrian girls grew up in a cohesive community, went to school, learnt skills and had their own choices.

However, as a result of the crisis in Syria which has now entered its fifth year, many young women are rapidly married off to outsiders who offer the desperate families some lifesaving money or a promise of security for the young girl.