Women are paying a heavy price in the conflict in Syria. Many have lost husbands, fathers and sons, while others have left homes, jobs and support networks behind. One in three households in Syria is now headed by a woman.
Taking on the financial and emotional responsibility for the family can be immensely stressful. Single mothers in Syria face social stigmas and have difficulty finding reliable work. For the lucky few who succeed, child care and schooling remain a struggle.
Despite these enormous challenges, women in UNRWA collective shelters in Damascus are determined to continue with their lives and provide for their children.
To support female-headed households and other vulnerable Palestine refugees in Syria, the European Union provided EUR 10 million for UNRWA in 2015 to provide cash assistance. Cash grants helps women meet the minimum needs of their households.