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Under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Nayef Stetieh, Minister of Labour, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and UN Women organised an event on Wednesday, 19 October 2022, to launch a report on the impact of COVID-19 on the economic participation of women in Jordan and discuss its main findings and recommendations of a study.
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The Jordan National Commission for Women (JNCW), in cooperation with UN Women, held a participatory workshop with 25 private sector companies that are signatories to the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), believing in the importance of public-private partnership in promoting national economic growth by enabling women ...
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On Sunday, HRH Princess Basma, Chairperson of the Jordanian National Committee for Women (JNCW) and Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, visited the Oasis Centre for women of the local community at the Jabal Bani Hamidah region in Madaba.
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Amneh Qasim, 54, shares her motivation to venture into new opportunities and the importance of women lifting each other up. Qasim is enrolled in the Oasis Centre in Zarqa, where the Ministry of Social Development and UN Women empower vulnerable women with the skills needed to shift towards sustainable livelihoods through job placements and entrepreneurship with the support of the European Union through the Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis, the Madad Fund.
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Like many young Jordanians, 27-year-old Nermeen Khalil Hasan Ballan had a hard time finding work, despite her diploma in architectural engineering. The job market was fierce, with many employers requiring years of work experience she didn’t have.
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An intensive training for journalists was launched at the Jordan Media Institute (JMI), engaging 50 practicing journalists with a diversity of experiences in covering women’s issues in all Jordanian media. Through the partnership with UN Women, and with the support of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), JMI will work with a selected group of media professionals to change the way women and gender-related issues are portraited on media outlets and to develop positive stories on women, particularly in the world of work.
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Fueling resilience, sparking empowerment and igniting leadership, discover our ten-year journey in working alongside inspirational women, men and youth to advance the women’s national agenda and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in Jordan.  A road to investing in women’s economic empowerment, promoting policy development, strengthening peace and security and responding to humanitarian crises.
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The smell of freshly baked pastries lingers in the air of the HealthyKitchen in the Azraq refugee camp. Leena Ahmed Al-Faraj, 25, a Syrian refugee from Der Zoor, has just finished her six-hour shift, baking healthy meals that will be packaged and distributed to 10,000 children in the six schools of the Azraq camp.
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Ten years since the start of the conflict, with more than 5.6 million people fled Syria to neighboring countries and Jordan is currently hosting more than 747,031 Syrian refugees. Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the conflict and displacement, and they are now facing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures, UN Women is providing urgent support, information and essential services to more than 5,700 Syrian refugees in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps.
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When 22-year-old social science graduate Haneen Hussen used to dream about starting her own business, she would get excited, then quickly discouraged when remembering the reality of the business landscape in her rural community of Shobak, in western Jordan. That is until she met Eman Salam on the Mowgli Mentorship programme...
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From refugee camps to urban settlements and rural communities, Jordan has provided refuge to more than 1.3 million Syrians since 2011. 1 Eighty-six per cent of Syrian refugees live below the poverty line and half of the refugee population are women and girls . 2  In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis Centre in the Za’atari refugee camp as a safe space for...
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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.
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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.
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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. ...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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UN Women, in cooperation with the Government of Jordan, is supporting enhanced access to essential public services for more than 1000 women and men in Irbid and Zarqa.
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The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have joined forces to support refugee resilience in Za’atari refugee camp. Nearly 80,000 of the Syrians who have escaped the conflict in Syria have sought shelter at Jordan’s largest refugee camp, Za’atari, where UN Women and WFP are working together to provide economic empowerment programmes for women and girls.