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“We have no women for marriage” is Khawlah’s usual response when Jordanian or other foreign men ask about marrying her 14-year-old daughter when they come looking for a bride.
Like other Syrian women refugees I met during a recent visit to Jordan, Khawlah – who lives in the Jordanian capital Amman – complained how Jordanian men constantly bombard her with marriage proposals or requests to arrange marriages with refugee girls.
The head of a community-based organization providing relief services to Syrian refugees told me that many men from the Gulf and even Europe approach him and his organization to try to arrange marriages between them and Syrian refugee women. Stigmatized and harassed Syrian women refugees I spoke to complained that they are exposed to sexual harassment more than Jordanian women simply because of their status as refugees, which is generally associated with economic vulnerability.
UN workers as well as human rights and women’s rights activists I interviewed in Jordan backed that point up.
However, during discussions with activists and aid workers in Jordan, it quickly became evident that the reality is much more complex than the picture that was portrayed by some news reports.
It is true that Syrian refugee women and girls in Jordan – most of whom are from the southern Syrian governorate of Dera’a – tend to marry under the age of 18.
Other Syrian women refugees I met in Za’atri camp – Jordan’s biggest refugee camp, hosting around 130,000 people – also mentioned that some Jordanian men visit the camp looking for brides.
Friday is the weekly holiday when government offices, banks and most offices are closed.
Most businesses and banks have a half-day on Thursday, and some businesses and banks take Sunday as a half-day or a complete holiday.
Government departments are open from to daily except Friday.
“I do not have work for you, but could marry you if you like,” is what ‘Aisha was told when she went looking for work.
A 22-year-old student of English Literature, she complained that one of the reasons her job search in Amman has been futile so far is that she often receives marriage proposals instead of paid work.
I told him, ‘Can you not see that I am married and have children? ’ He responded that he was willing to divorce me from my husband, if that was what it took,” she said.