Fraught But Fruitful: Gender & Livelihoods Report

Released at the fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region,” Triangle’s report unpacks the relationship between livelihoods and protection risks among Syrian refugee women. The current situation in Syria has forced millions of refugee women to enter the labour market, often placing a double burden on them. In doing so, they are exposed to SGBV both in the public sphere and at home. Triangle’s report is the first to provide statistically significant data on this interplay between Syrian refugee women seeking out livelihoods in Lebanon, and a key resource for agencies working on livelihoods, gender and protection in Iraq and Jordan. The report was commissioned by UN Women, UNHCR and the ILO.
The report provided evidence-based research that can inform current and future livelihoods programming and promote pathways to increase the safe, dignified and sustainable participation and empowerment of displaced women in the labour force. The research was conducted between September 2019 and February 2020 throughout Lebanon by Triangle’s team based in Beirut, with supplemental qualitative information gathered in Jordan and Iraq.

Risks, Opportunities, and Shifting Gender Roles in Syrian Refugee Women’s Pursuit of Livelihoods in Lebanon, With Additional Observations From Jordan and Iraq


October 2020 – March 2021

Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan