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Looking at life through a window in Gaza: Maha’s story

As a result of the conflict, adolescents in the Gaza Strip still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and loss of hope, bad memories, nightmares and bed-wetting, and an increased tendency to suicide. 

Adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to school dropout. Social norms confine adolescent girls and young women to the private sphere of their homes where many are reliant on male family members for their livelihoods as well as to access critical information about services and entitlements.

The gendered division of roles and social restrictions on women and girls often translates into their exclusion and limited role in decision making within the household and beyond. Girls in Gaza are not only at risk of social exclusion, but also face other protection-related concerns of physical and emotional violence, sexual abuse, child labour and early marriage.

*Names have been changed to protect identities, and a filter has been applied to the images in the video.


Read our report: Adolescent perspectives on services and programmes in conflict affected contexts: A participatory research toolkit