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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria

09 Dec 2020


Families displaced by the violence in Idleb, Syria, January 2020. Credit: HFO Project Syria via OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 9 December 2020


In a joint statement issued today to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV), the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Muhannad Hadi, and the UNFPA Regional Director for Arab States, Luay Shabaneh, have unequivocally condemned all violence against women and girls impacted by the Syria crisis, including violence committed against women human rights defenders and women humanitarian workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

The UN and partners have documented an increase in GBV particularly domestic and family violence, in addition to sexual violence, harassment and exploitation. Women living with a disability, adolescent girls, older women, or widows and divorced women and girls are at greater risk.

This has been exacerbated by the economic crisis, COVID-19 and continued conflict and large-scale displacement throughout the country. Increased negative coping mechanisms such as child marriage, child labour and sexual exploitation have all been reported.

The two senior UN officials called on all those engaged in the response in Syria to commit to ending GBV and to addressing its root causes.