With and For Girls Collective: Safeguarding Syrian Girls’ Rights

Since the 2011 pro-democratic uprising, Syrian women and girls have been displaced from their homes and forced to live in unsafe environments where they are at high risk of sexual violence and abuse. Throughout years of civil war, the Syrian Women’s League (SWL) has worked to address the needs of women and girls in conflict and to ensure that its call for a rights-based society is represented in future peace and transitional justice processes. With support from the With and For Girls Collective – a donor collaborative that funds girl-led or girl-centered organizations – the SWL was able to continue to operate and maintain the school in the Baqa'a refugee camp in Lebanon and fund literacy and language classes; conduct workshops raising awareness of violence against women and reproductive health; and arrange transport for the girls to travel safely to and from school.

In 2015, the With and For Girls Collective, which includes the NoVo Foundation and Stars Foundation, made a $15,000 grant to the Syrian Women’s League for its work to safeguard the rights of women and girls in Syria’s constrained political climate.

With and For Girls Collective: Safeguarding Syrian Girls’ Rights

Alia Haju