UK govt told aid cuts to threaten 55,000 Syrian women

According to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) the UK government’s decision to cut foreign aid spending will leave 55,000 women and girls without access to shelters to escape domestic abuse in Syria.

The group said its funding from the UK for its programs in the war-torn country could be reduced by as much as 75 percent, effectively ending its schemes to help Syrians regain economic self-sufficiency following a decade of conflict. Those set to lose most from this, it added, will be women.

Su’ad Jarbawi, the IRC’s regional vice president for the Middle East and North Africa, told The Independent: “The humanitarian situation in the country is rapidly deteriorating as Covid cases rise and people face a serious hunger crisis. Syrians need