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Adolescents in Jordan: freedom from age- and gender-based violence

Briefing/policy paper

Written by Nicola Jones

Hero image description: Adolescent girl in Jordan. Photo: Natalie Bertrams/GAGE Image credit:Adolescent girl in Jordan. Photo: Natalie Bertrams/GAGE

The Jordanian government, together with international development partners, has committed to ensuring that young people grow up in an environment free from violence and embrace the values of tolerance and peace.

Research finds that corporal punishment is common in Jordan. Adolescents are also at risk of bullying from peers, which can be severe. Syrian young people tend to face the brunt of host-community resentment towards the changes brought about by the refugee crisis.

GAGE research suggests that adolescents in Jordan — irrespective of whether they are Jordanian or refugee or whether they live in host communities or formal or informal camps — continue to face multiple age- and gender-related risks, and that programming needs to do much more to mitigate these.

Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Nicola Jones, Sarah Baird with Agnieszka Malachowska