This report contains in-depth information on seven gender equality promising practices that are part of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR’s) response to the Syria crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Over the last six years, UNHCR and partners have implemented numerous catalytic initiatives that seek to address specific gender-related protection needs and risks of diverse Syrian women, men, boys and girls, as well as drawing upon their existing capacities. It is now important to document these initiatives to ensure that our efforts, as well as lessons learned, will continue to be built upon in the interest of pursuing gender equality as an integral element of humanitarian programming.
This report aims to provide information and inspiration to UNHCR colleagues, partners and other international and national organizations working together with refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Building on the reports documenting age, gender and diversity (AGD) good practices in the Americas,1 this report is the first in a series of regional documentation of gender equality promising practices. It contains promising practices from ongoing work with Syrian refugees in the MENA region, namely:
1 Urban refugee women’s network – Turkey
2 Sector gender focal points network – Jordan
3 LGBTI youth group – Lebanon
4 Building capacity for protection of LGBTI persons of concern – Jordan
5 Mobile SGBV prevention and response services – Lebanon
6 Art therapy to prevent and respond to SGBV – Egypt
7 Emergency shelter for women and girls – Lebanon