Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, well over 6 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries. Almost 2.5 million of Syrians have come to Turkey and live in camps and non-camp settings. Both as a direct result of the conflict in Syria and while fleeing from Syria to Turkey, some families have been separated. Traditional protection networks have broken down, which has increased the vulnerability of women, girls, boys and men to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
Violence against Women (VAW) occurs in all societies and at any stage of a woman’s lifecycle. It can even occur before a girl is born through sex selective abortion and menace women throughout their old age. Some types of VAW such as sexual violence and domestic violence occur in all cultures, although they are more common in some than others. Even while violence against women could be occurred in the more common cultures, in case of conflict situations, women and girls become most vulnerable group to have huge risk exposing to violence.
IMPR Humanitarian has been conducting numerous activities at the Urfa Community Center to reduce the risks of exploitation and abuse and the effects of SGBV cases that have occurred in Şanlıurfa. One of these activities is aim to raise awareness on SGBV among host community and Syrians in Turkey through 16 days of activism campaign.