Iraqi refugee women and youth in Jordan: reproductive health findings a snap shot from the field

Iraqi refugee women and youth in Jordan: reproductive health findings a snap shot from the field

Can Iraqi women refugees be helped?

This paper presents the problems facing Iraqi refugees in Jordan, highlighting the plight of women and children. The authors discuss their first hand picture of difficulties faced by displaced, abandoned, Iraqis. The focus of the document is on the lack of reproductive health care and other needs.

The authors discuss refugee troubles created by their legal status, particularly the lack of work and education opportunities. In addition to this, other factors such as trafficking and sexual exploitation have increased since the beginning of the war. It is stressed that violence against women is rampant in the region and that humanitarian actors must understand cultural barriers that Iraqis face in reporting rape when designing health programmes.

Key recommendations include:

  • the U.S. government should develop a comprehensive assistance strategy for Iraqi refugees reflecting the magnitude of the crisis and help them resettle
  • the international community should ensure continued protection and assistance for Iraqi refugees and provide support to Jordan and Syria
  • refugee women and girls should be given immediate access to priority reproductive health services, including prevention of sexual violence
  • educating Iraqi refugee children and youth must be a top funding priority.
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