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Nearly ten years into the crisis, a variety of factors have placed women and girls at increased risks of GBV and in increased need of related services, including SRH. These include multiple displacements, negative coping mechanisms, change of gender roles within the families, growing tensions with host communities and the now worsening socio-economic situation. Meanwhile, evidence shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the risks of GBV and increased the needs faced by women and girls and impacted their access to life-saving services.


In the lead-up to the Brussels IV conference on supporting Syria and the region, this position paper provides an overview of the evolution of programmes in Syria and the region, highlighting best practices and providing recommendations for the way forward.