Democracy That Delivers #161: Women and Refugees in the LIFE Project

Marie A. Principe, Barbara Langley, Ken Jaques |
To the right, CIPE CWEE Director Barbara Langley. To the left, CIPE Program Ofiicer for MENA and head of the LIFE Project, Marie Principe.


This week on Democracy That Delivers, we highlight CIPE’s work in helping refugee populations in the MENA region, especially women, ahead of International Refugee Day on June 20th. Women comprise 49% of the Syrian refugees living outside of camps in Turkey, and more strikingly, 95% of Syrian refugees in Turkey are outside of camps. The Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Project is an innovative approach to the humanitarian challenge of the Syrian refugee crisis, and benefits women who are disproportionately impacted by conflict.

In this episode, Barbara Langley, Director of CIPE’s Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Marie Principe, Program Officer for MENA, recount stories of impact from the LIFE Project. They discuss how through the LIFE Project, the members, particularly the women, build confidence in public speaking and advocating for their product and themselves, and how they also build a sense of community with other women from different backgrounds.


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Published Date: June 18, 2019