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Abstract

The humanitarian crisis resulting from the Syrian conflict is estimated to be the worst so far of this century. The recent influx of refugees has now reached a point where they are equal to one quarter of Lebanon’s population, causing evident strains on its fragile economy and social structure. Syrians in Lebanon have fled from their home to seek safety, however their vulnerability is now in question as women’s and children’s rights continue to be under threat. This paper investigates the plight of Syrian and Palestinian Syrian refugees in Lebanon with an emphasis on women and children. While there are many issues confronting refugees in Lebanon, a thorough examination of this is beyond the scope of this paper. Therefore, an examination of the two most prominent issues surrounding education and violence is conducted. More specifically, this paper exposes and discusses children’s access to education in Lebanon and the short and long term effects of children forgoing education, both as economic setbacks, the lack of educated people to rebuild Syria and how education is linked to a reduction in violence against women . It will further discuss the shift in the violence that women and children are exposed to, highlighting the increase in violence that they are experiencing. The main forms of violence are manifesting in Intimate Partner Violence, early marriage, survival sex, and the threat and fear of violence from the local community

Note on the Author

Lorraine Charles is a lecturer and researcher at Khlaifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She holds an MA in International Policy and Diplomacy. Her research interests include energy security, UAE workforce nationalisation and economic diversification, gender and human rights and its effect on international and national security. Her work on gender issues includes research on Syrian women in the context of the period leading up to and during the Arab uprisings and the empowerment of Emirati women into employment.

Kate Denman is currently works in an NGO in Tanzania. She has lived and worked in Syria for extended periods from 2007 to 2010, during which time she co-founded refocusproject.org. She has an MA in Education, Gender and International Development from the Institute of Education, London. Her research interests include social justice, art for social change and gender in Middle Eastern and Latin American contexts.

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