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Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices from Beirut

Overview

This report explores the experiences of adolescent girls within two age brackets - 10-14 and 15-19 years - navigating the urban spaces of Beirut in order to access services and opportunities.

Amplifying the voices of adolescent girls in crisis 

This research was conducted with girls from both host (Lebanese) and refugee (including Syrian and Palestinian) communities.

Lebanon has shown hospitality in accepting large refugee populations, however, there has been significant strain on the infrastructure and resources available to support these already vulnerable groups and inter-communal tensions can arise when different populations live together in over-crowded areas.

This report focuses on adolescent refugee girls living in Beirut. It seeks to amplify their voices and perceptions of their lives and communities, and presents their views on how the humanitarian sector might respond to the challenges they face.

Executive Summary

Executive Summary

Within the urban refugee communities of Beirut, adolescent girls are impacted by the surrounding crisis in ways that are not only different from adolescent boys and women, but also are often overlooked.

Key areas affecting adolescent refugee girls

This report highlights some of the key areas that are affecting adolescent refugee girls. These include, violence at home and in public spaces, access to education, healthcare, and feelings of unhappiness and loneliness.

Remaining optimistic

Despite the challenges they face adolescent girls are optimistic.  They are ambitious for their own futures and are engaged with the social, political and cultural issues that affect their lives. However, few report being engaged in community-based programmes or activities.

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