Background

In four UNRWA schools in Jordan, this study examines the effectiveness of a program to prevent violence and abuse against Palestinian refugee girls within the family and community. 

Through the use of training manuals. one aspect of this program targets the girls themselves, called “Protecting Myself”, and uses simple language, includes pictures, and follows participatory activities that keep the students engaged. Another booklet designed for parents and community members, called “My Community Protects Me”, raises awareness and provides advice on their responsibilities for child protection and addresses issues of gender discrimination and violence. This study examines the extent to which this curriculum helps to change norms around gender-based violence and reduces its prevalence among Palestinian refugee women and girls.