UN Women, the United Nations group dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, is working with the World Food Programme to use blockchain technology to help Syrian refugee women in UN Women’s cash-for-work programs at the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan.

According to the groups’ press release, the partnership stems from WFP’s Building Blocks project, which already provides cash transfers to 106,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan through a blockchain-based system.

Through the partnership, Syrian refugee women who participate in the UN Women cash-for-work program will be able to access their funds directly, and the accounts will be kept securely on a blockchain network.

Also, UN Women and WFP are looking into the possibility of providing female refugees with cash back at WFP-contracted supermarkets or pay for their purchases directly, they said.

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