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In Her Words

In Her Words aims to amplify the voices of adolescent girls in humanitarian settings throughout the Arab region, including Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, and the Whole of Syria. Today, several regions in the Arab states are coping with the lasting impacts of longstanding and emerging humanitarian situations. Both the Syria and Yemen crises have marked their tenth years, while recent developments in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Lebanon have resulted in additional displacements and disruptions in community networks, placing the lives and dignities of millions of people at risk. The lingering effects of the humanitarian situations in Palestine, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya also continue to produce numerous and protracted challenges that require strategic responses. Meanwhile, the worsening impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the challenges facing communities in those countries, impeding access to lifesaving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence (GBV) services and resulting in restrictions on movement that have significantly increased the risks of violence against women and girls in communities throughout the region. The pandemic has also intensified the economic fallout of these crises, which in turn have further disrupted social safety nets and increased the likelihood of negative coping mechanisms such as sexual exploitation and child and forced marriages.