The Leading Women Fund invites you to join and support Syrian refugee women in Jordan.

One-third of these women have found themselves alone, as head of their household, with families to support. They are struggling to survive; some are forced to beg on the streets with their children.

A $3,000 donation to the Fund (or $230 every four weeks) helps support a refugee woman and her family for a year – enabling her to keep food on the table, her children in school and giving her the chance to plan for a better future. For Hanaa, a 27-year-old single mother living in Jordan with her two young daughters, cash assistance like this is her only means of support – and it’s life-changing.

“Without this help, I don’t know how difficult my situation would be.” 

After fleeing Syria with her two young daughters, Hanaa was relieved to reach safety in Jordan. “I couldn’t stay [in Syria] as there was no food or electricity, and everything was in ruins,” she says. But in a new country, Hanaa had no idea how she would support her family. Her husband had been killed in an airstrike near their home, meaning she was now the breadwinner and her children’s sole carer.

In Jordan, it’s difficult for refugee women to find legitimate employment. Of the 150,000 work permits issued to Syrian refugees in Jordan, only four per cent go to women.

So refugees in Hanaa’s situation are often forced to make heartbreaking decisions. They might cut back on their own food so their children can eat, or take on debt that leaves them vulnerable to exploitation.

Fortunately, Hanaa, 27, was able to receive funds from UNHCR via its cash assistance program. This enabled her to cover her basic living costs in Jordan and provide a safe home for her children.

UNHCR believes that monthly financial support, helping to cover the basics, is the most effective way to improve the lives of female refugees and their children. Women are empowered to manage their own finances and make the right choices for their family’s particular needs.

For Hanaa, these payments are a true lifeline.


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