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This study focuses on the decision-making power of Syrian refugee women in Lebanon. It explores the extent to which they are able to make and shape decisions that have direct implications for their lives and futures. Drawing on 40 in-depth qualitative interviews with Syrian refugee women in North Bekaa and Tripoli, the research findings explore different levels of decision making and unpack the gendered social norms and power dynamics that shape the women’s ability to influence decisions about their lives and futures. 

By highlighting women’s voices and distinct priorities, the report argues that if these continue to be overlooked and excluded from decision-making platforms – from domestic and international politics, to personal, familial and communal spaces – then policy and programmatic interventions will fail to address women’s needs and concerns and will fail to deliver real and lasting impact.

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