The project explicitly engages with the WPHF Theory of Change and aims to promote a peaceful and gender equal society. It aims to implement two different interventions, and target three main stakeholders: schools, clinics, and NGOs. The first intervention consists of training women and NGO representatives at a grassroots level. FCPS hosts a number of training programs over the course of a year, with a focus on gender issues, host communities’ awareness, and advocacy for local women and partnerships. In addition, they aim to organize an awareness campaign on the risks of early marriage and assist local NGOs and community members in improving their outreach to their respective communities, and identify methods to improve the quality of, and access to, services. In addition, to facilitate relationships between local NGOs and schools to advocate for young wives and mothers to continue their education beyond marriage. These improved relationships will also support rigorous referral systems for schools to address specific issues related to early marriage to appropriate NGOs and community leaders. Further, they implement workshops on early marriage and women’s empowerment quarterly over a one-year period. These workshops will be hosted in a total of 10 schools, including and public schools, in three different areas.
At the clinic and reproductive health level: A monitoring tool had been developed to monitor the number of referrals between the trauma and medical center for patients who have been exposed to SGBV. A training and development of the tools were provided within IFH’s clinics in Sweileh and Hashemi.The number of beneficiaries cannot be limited; the clinics receive about 50-100 cases every day.
At the community level, cooperation was carried out with four associations in Irbid, Mafraq and Amman; staff capacity was built with an estimated 50 employees. These associations are able to deal with the issue of early marriage in education and discussion. Awareness sessions for many of the local community were organized through the direct and theatrical lecture about 1000 of the community; 80% of them are women and girls. In addition; four female schools in the targeted areas are partners in this project. Finally, FCPS is working with eight Syrian girls in Irbid who were married under the age of 18 and thus try to help them to continue with the educational opportunities.