Syrian Refugee Crisis: Impact on Girls

Safety and Violence

The media has been abuzz with a constant flow of news surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis. New photos are surfacing each day and taking over our social media feeds.  What the news is not talking about is the impact on girls and on their education.

Over 50% of Syrians living inside refugee camps are children. UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency and partners are leading the way to ensure each child has access to education.

UNHCR supporter and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, recently visited Azraq refugee camp for her 18th birthday to raise awareness about education and renew her commitment to refugees and education by announcing plans for a new school for more than 200 Syrian girls.

“I am honored to mark my 18th birthday with the brave and inspiring girls of Syria. I am here on behalf of the 28 million children who are kept from the classroom because of armed conflict. Their courage and dedication to continue their schooling in difficult conditions inspires people around the world and it is our duty to stand by them.” – Malala said in her announcement.

Together, with Malala, we can all work to make a difference for Syrian refugees and all refugees around the world. Her are two ways you can learn more about the global refugee crisis.

  • Watch this new video that explains the refugee crisis in 5 minutes.
  • Find out how much you know about the refugee crisis by taking this quiz.

This is a guest post by Anne-Marie Grey, the Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNHCR. Anne-Marie supports the work of the UN Refugee Agency and its partners in life-saving and life-changing work to help refugees and other displaced people in more than 125 countries around the world. She is committed to mobilizing efforts in support of the almost 60 million men, women and children that have been forced to flee their homes around the world.