Early Marriages Among Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

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29 november 2018

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Report: Early Marriages Among Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Report: Early Marriages Among Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Read the report: Early Marriages Among Syrian Refugees in Lebanon- A Case study from the Old City of Saida

The report is written by Bahar Mahzooni as the result of her internship with NORWAC Autumn 2018. Mahzooni is undertaking her master in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Oslo.

Bahar Mazooni did her research through one of NORWACs partners, the Maarouf Saad Social and Cultural Foundation (MSSCF) and their The Mental Health Program. They offers women and children in the old city of Saida and its surroundings a safe place with a focus on educational and cognitive development, and psychological well-being. MSSCF conducts monthly awareness sessions for young girls, an offer that reach about 80 girls on an annual basis.

Early marriage is a rising practice among Syrian refugees in Lebanon a direct consequence of the Syrian conflict and displacement of their people. Many families are struggling financially, and early marriage is viewed as a suitable alternative to protect the girls from sexual harassment and provide a more secure financial future. The breakdown of social networks and an unstable financial situation leads to a fear of safety for many families. Combined with less vocational and educational opportunities, early marriage is often viewed as the best alternative to secure a girl’s future. The painted pictures are self portraits done by children at MSSCF’s MADA-senter.

Read the report for more information about early marriages among the Syrian refugees in Saida.