The proportion of Syrians living in extreme poverty has risen to 67 percent as families continue to lose their breadwinners, according to a report issued by the pro-regime Damascus Center for Research and Studies.
The report, titled “Consequences of the Crisis/War on the Situation of Syrian Women,” pointed to the continuing material and human losses in Syrian society as the key reason for the rise, noting that males — particularly young men — made up 82 percent of the death toll over the last six years.
According to the report, 1.2 million people had been wounded or disabled during the crisis, while the rates of unemployment have risen from 15 percent in 2010 to 57.7 percent over the last six years.
The report also highlighted the damage inflicted on women in Syria, pointing to their inability to “obtain their material benefits, especially regarding widows, missing persons, prisoners and detainees.” The report pointed as well to the increase in the number of women who are working in the informal sector, in “the streets and public markets, in addition to many house workers,” as well as other forms of work women in need have been forced to undertake.
The report said that women married to prisoners and the forcibly disappeared face problems because of the ambiguity of the fate of their spouses, which pushes them sometimes to file for divorce.
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