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Stitching together a new life: women entrepreneurs kickstart their own businesses in Za’atari and Azraq

Monday, May 6, 2019

Safiyah Abd El Ghafar and Duha Adnan are among the 43 per cent of Syrian refugee female-headed households in Jordan. To provide a livelihood for their families, these two women utilized the skills and business capacities they acquired at UN Women’s Oasis Centre to start their own micro-businesses.

From where I stand: “Be strong, don’t give up and unleash your potential.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Manal Barham, 35, led most of her life balancing with her role as a wife and a mother, she never believed she would have the chance to become the working woman she had always dreamt of becoming. In 2018, Bahram enrolled in the beautician and project management courses provided by the Jordanian National Forum for Women (JNFW) in partnership with UN Women and with the generous support of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund. Now, Bahram is an enthusiastic owner of her own thriving home-based salon in Hashmi Shamali, East Amman.

Women of Al-Hasa grab the wheel to drive the initiative of change for women’s access to transportation and daycare facilities

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Himmitkum Association is a local non-profit organization funded and established by the women of Al-Hasa, a remote area located a two-hour drive South of Amman. Its members have been working to address some of the socio-economic challenges faced by women living in the village, including the lack of local transportation services and daycare facilities.

Over 100 young women from Amman and Zarqa graduate from professional development trainings to access the labour market

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Held under the esteemed patronage and at the presence of the Minister of Labor, H.E. Mr. Samir Murad, Education for Employment (EFE-Jordan) in partnership with UN Women and with the generous support of the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis (the"Madad Fund") and the Governments of Japan and France, organized a graduation ceremony for 100 women who benefitted from job training and job placement and career direction, programmes in late 2018. ...

Take Five: “Enhancing women’s economic situation would trigger a ripple effect”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ghadeer Khuffash is a women’s rights activist with years of experience in education, vocational training and workforce development. She is now the CEO of Jordan Education for Employment (JEFE), a non-profit organization with a presence across the Middle East and North Africa that trains youth, places them in jobs in the private sector and provides micro-entrepreneurship training.

UN Women and World Food Programme harness innovation for women's economic empowerment in crisis situations

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UN Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) are breaking new ground by using blockchain to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women’s cash for work programmes at the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan.

Empowerment through employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan

Friday, August 10, 2018

1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women’s resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za’atari and Azraq.

Minister of Social Development visits UN Women's Resilience and empowerment centers

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Minister of Social Development, H.E. Ms. Hala Lattouf, visited one of the three ‘Oasis Center for Resilience and Empowerment of Women and Girls’ operated by UN Women in the Za’atari refugee camp.

Finland Minister for Foreign Trade and Development greets Syrian women and children in Azraq UN Women Oasis

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mrs. Anne-Mari Virolainen visited Azraq Refugee Camp on the 9th May, accompanied by UN Women Country Representative Ziad Sheikh. Mrs. Virolaninen joined the women and girls within UN Women Oasis center, the tour highlighted the continuous support and commitment Finland provides to UN Women.

The First Lady of Japan, Her Excellency Mrs. Akie Abe, received a warm greeting from the Syrian women and girls working within the UN Women ‘Oasis 2’

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The occasion of the visit allowed H.E Mrs. Abe, to gain a firsthand understanding of UN Women’s work and witness the opportunities that are being provided to women through the continuous support of the Government of Japan.

The French Delegation visit UN Women 'Women and Girls' Oasis' in Azraq refugee camp

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The French delegation visited Azraq 'Women and Girl’s Oasis,' viewing the multi-sector facilities of the Oasis and foster a discussion with the Women. ...

UN Women Jordan took part in the 4th Annual Celebration of the "Ring Bell for Gender Equality” initiative hosted by the Amman Stock Exchange and IFC Bank Group

Monday, March 12, 2018

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, 61 bell ringing celebrations took place globally from March 5th-13th, UN Women Jordan took part in the 4th Annual Celebration of the "Ring Bell for Gender Equality” initiative hosted by the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) and IFC Bank Group in partnership with UN Women Jordan.

Former President of Finland, H.E Tarja Halonen visits UN Women Oasis 2 in Za'atari camp

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Former President of Finland, H.E Tarja Halonen toured the UN Women Oasis 2 within the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan on Tuesday morning, 20th February 2018. The visit enabled Mrs. Halonen to recognize the positive results due to the continued support on a multitude of projects that the Government of Finland provides to UN Women.

From where I stand: “With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

At 47, Emm Ali has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp.

UNESCO - UN Women Joint Programme - Hospitality trainings

Sunday, March 5, 2017

UNESCO-UN Women Joint Programme “Empowering rural women in Mafraq Governorate”, Photo Credits: UNESCO Amman, 5 March 2017 – 24 women and men from the community of Umm el Jimal (Mafraq Governorate) completed last week the vocational training “Introduction to hospitality” at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. The training falls within the framework of the UNESCO – UN Women Joint Programme “Empowering rural women in Mafraq...

Intergovernorate Roundtable in Northern Jordan Proposes a Way Forward for Promoting Rural Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture

Monday, January 30, 2017

Participants in an intergovernorate roundtable discuss issues related to gender, agriculture and climate change Photo Credit: Natalie Davirro. Mafraq Governorate, January 2017 On 30 January 2017, national stakeholders and women from rural communities across Irbid and Mafraq Governorates in the north of Jordan gathered at the Jordanian Engineers Association in Mafraq to discuss the role of women in responding to climate change and the way forward to promote...

Japanese Ambassador Inaugurates the Turkman Neighborhood Health Center Following Its Full Rehabilitation by UN Women

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Irbid, Jordan – September 27, 2016: Held under the esteemed patronage of the Ministry of Health and at the presence of His Excellency Mr. Shunichi Sakurai, the Ambassador of Japan to Jordan, UN Women inaugurated the rehabilitated Turkman Neighborhood Health Center in the northern city of Irbid. Within the framework of the social cohesion and women’s empowerment program, implemented by UN Women and generously funded by the Government of Japan, the health center saw a complete...

Umm El Jimal Rock Art: empowering women, preserving heritage

Monday, May 30, 2016

Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Tharwat El Hassan, UNESCO and UN Women - in cooperation with The Jordan Museum launched the pilot collection “Umm El-Jimal Rock Art” on 30th May 2016.

United Nations Secretary-General and World Bank Director visit UN Women's centre in Zaatari refugee camp

Sunday, March 27, 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim visited Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, accompanied by a delegation of senior UN officials.

UN Women supports marginalized women to “Spring Forward” towards new economic empowerment milestones in Jordan’s rural areas

Sunday, March 13, 2016

To support women’s access to the economy and labour market, UN Women and JRF partnered with eight community-based organizations for the provision of micro-credit and business startup related technical assistance.

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