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Jordan: Refugee women in agriculture report precarious working conditions, low pay, and harassment

Author: Daniela Sala, Al-Monitor, Published on: 27 August 2018

"Syrian women face heat, harassment while picking Jordan's crops", 9 August 2018

... It was August 2017, and Siam and her daughter were working in a greenhouse in one of the hundreds of farms in the Mafraq area of northern Jordan. In summer, temperatures reach 35 or 40 degrees Celsius... usually 10 more inside the greenhouse... The pay for Syrians is the same anywhere: 1 Jordanian dinar ($1.41) per hour, pushing entire families, children included, to work 10 to 12 hours a day, depending on the weather... Every day at dawn, a car picks them all up from the makeshift camp where they live and take them to Abu Hamza's farm. Their faces covered in scarves as protection from the dust, the group of women aged 15 to 50 works bare-handed or in ripped rubber gloves, hunched over in the sun... Recently, Tamkeen has been conducting focus groups with Syrians working in agriculture. But women very rarely speak up. “During awareness sessions, sometimes women noted, though vaguely, unwanted verbal attention or touching from the owner or co-workers,”... But most of the time, they say nothing for fear of shame or worse: honor killing, added Bader, a Jordanian facilitator...

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