Syrian and Lebanese girls work together to decorate a basket, as part of a psycho-social and gender-based violence support project in southern Lebanon
Over 550,000 Syrian children are now refugees in Lebanon – roughly half of whom are girls.
Intersos is an Italian NGO working with UNICEF supported by UK aid, to provide help to adolescent girls from Syria and Lebanon.
Girls and young women from both communities are at increased risk of sexual violence and early marriage, in part due to pressures created by the conflict in Syria.
The UK aid supported training, run by UNICEF and Italian NGO Intersos, is part of a programme designed to help protect young girls in Lebanon from sexual and gender-based violence, and early marriage. It is aimed jointly at Syrian and Lebanese girls. By bringing girls from both groups together it is helping them make friends and build relationships with each other.
The classes provide vocational skills such as basket making and decorating which are widely used by families at times of celebrations. They also include discussion groups and information sessions focused on helping the girls to protect themselves against gender-based violence and early marriage.
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