Only 24 percent of refugee girls are in school in Lebanon. While the number is higher in Jordan, it is still very low. Both men and women told us that this is because they cannot afford to pay the school fees. While adolescent boys are put to work, some families are taking the decision to get young girls married at earlier ages. As a general practice, it was not unusual for young girls to marry early in Syria. The minimum age of marriage with court approval in Syria is 13 for girls and 15 for boys. While many refugees were in principle against early marriage, they conceded that poor finances, an inability to afford schooling, having too many daughters, and the fear for the safety of young refugee girls made families consider the option.
“I have three daughters and a son. I want them to get married because of the bad conditions we are living in. Maybe their husbands can provide for them what I cannot. I want my daughters to get married at 12.”
[Male, rural, North governorate, Lebanon]
Conflict situations thrust people into situations that are beyond their control. In the process of coping and forming adaptation strategies to survive their difficult circumstances, some gender norms of Syrian families have been broken while others have been reinforced.
 “Reporting on Gender-Based Violence in the Syria Crisis: A Journalist’s Handbook”, UNFPA, 2014