UN Women and WFP unveil expansion of ‘Oases’ safe spaces in Za'atari refugee camp

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A woman at the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. (UN Women/ Christopher Herwig)
A woman at the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. (UN Women/ Christopher Herwig)

UN Women and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have joined forces to support refugee resilience in the Za’atari refugee camp. Nearly 80,000 Syrians who have escaped conflict in Syria have sought shelter at Jordan’s largest refugee camp, Za’atari, where UN Women and WFP are working together to provide economic empowerment programmes for women and girls.

UN Women Jordan and WFP launched today the third safe space for women and girls in Za’atari refugee camp. Operational since 2012, to date, the ‘Oases’ safe spaces for women and girls receive approximately 5,000 visitors per month. Funded by the governments of Finland and Italy, this safe space is the site of the Eid bi Eid programme (hand in hand in Arabic) that promotes vulnerable female refugees’ capacity to support themselves and their families, help meet their basic food needs and diversify their diets and nutritional intake. The Oasis uses the building generously donated by the Civil Military Support Element of the United States of America and is supported by the Government of Jordan’s Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate.

Read the full story on UN Women’s Regional Arab States/North Africa website.

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