On International Day of the Girl, we’d like to share with you the hopes and dreams of Syrian girls
– with thanks to CARE Jordan’s peer-to-peer support group for Syrian and Jordanian teenagers in Irbid, Jordan.
Safaa, age 16
"The war has had such a negative impact on girls. We’ve had so much to fear in our lives.
Some girls don’t feel comfortable going to school. Some girls don’t even want to go outside. But we must be strong.
We must remember our own power. We still have a life. We are still strong.
I learned to recognise my own power by coming to CARE’s safe space. Here I became more self-confident. Participating in the psychosocial activities has allowed us to discuss our lives and better understand our problems.
I believe education helps guarantee us a better future. More than war, it can help fulfill the dreams of what we want to accomplish in life.
Education can have a positive influence in our lives. For example, I want to be a lawyer – an education will help me do that. I want to help people realise their rights, especially the poor. Law isn’t a traditional job for girls. It used to be a shameful career choice. But things are changing.
I want all girls everywhere to feel encouraged. We must maintain positive energy and believe that change is possible."
Marah, age 17
Yamama, age 17
Shahed, age 15
"All of us have had to accept this new life, this ordeal. Everyone had plans for the future. Then, overnight, everything changed. Those plans were destroyed.
Now my family are refugees, but at least we’re living in the community and not in a camp. This is something good. We are maybe four, six, maybe seven years in Jordan.
We have deep troubles – but we still think about our future – we still hold hope in one.
Life is meant to be an experience. We need to confront the difficulties, understand them, and move forward. The war has taught us a lot about life. I’ve learned that we’re each stronger than we think.
On the International Day of the Girl, I want to share with girls around the world: live the life you aspire to.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, but step by step face each of your challenges. Don’t let them stop you, don’t be slowed by negative emotions.
You are stronger than you realise. We can achieve our dreams."