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Introduction In recent years Syrian refugee women in Jordan have challenged stereotypes. In contrast to the traditional stereotype as weak, submissive, forced by the conditions of asylum to sit in camps seeking aid without having any role in the community – despite the fact that many Syrian women are working to support their families and others – these ladies have left a mark that continues to evolve positively every day. Many reports confirm that one out of every four families are sustained by a woman alone. Women are often locked in difficult circumstances in order to make ends meet, struggling to maintain their dignity and care for their families in dilapidated and overcrowded homes, temporary shelters, and unsafe tents. Furthermore, because of financial problems, many of these women face the threat of violence and exploitation while their children face traumas and increasing tragedies.
According to many women refugees, money is the first hurdle in the life of Syrian families. Most women are struggling to pay rent and secure food and basic supplies. In order to overcome their lack of money, Syrian refugee women have joined the labour market through both individual and collective institutional work targeted to improve the difficult circumstances of their lives under asylum and poor living conditions. In this progressive report, Tamkeen Fields for Aid Center sheds light on the working conditions of Syrian refugee women in the Jordanian labour market, in terms of wage rates, working hours, social protection, and other conditions related to a decent work environment.