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Through her work experience at the UN Women’s Oasis Centre in the Azraq refugee camp, 29-year-old Marwa Barakat has gained confidence, independence and financial stability. The Oasis model for women’s resilience and empowerment was developed by UN Women and the Ministry of Social Development with significant funding and contributions from the European Union, including in the model’s extension to community centres and related policy dialogues.
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Wijdan Al-Abbadi, 38, was born and raised in Iraq Al-Amir, a town in the municipality of Amman, Jordan. With her 18 years of experience as a beautician, she aptly leads the beauty training at the Oasis Centre, encouraging other women in her community to participate in the labour force in order to gain financial and social independence. The Oasis model for women’s resilience and empowerment was developed by UN Women and the Ministry of Social Development with significant funding and contributions from the European Union, including in the model’s extension to community centres and related policy dialogues.
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Amal Mohammad Zyoud, a 35-year-old mother of four, joined the Oasis Centre in the hopes of providing a better education for her children. The Oasis model for women’s resilience and empowerment was developed by UN Women and the Ministry of Social Development with significant funding and contributions from the European Union, including in the model’s extension to community centres and related policy dialogues.
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Ayat Shhadeh, a 29-year-old mother of two, became a facilitator for the Renewing Hope project in order to support other women who have shared her own experience of undergoing early marriage. Through the project implemented by the Family and Childhood Protection Society (FCPS), supported by the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF), she not only provides for her daughters, but also coordinates activities that offer young women and girls the chance to continue their education, while accessing livelihood opportunities and reproductive health services in their communities.
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Dareen Mahmoud Awad Kamal Daoud, 17, is the Vice-President of the girl's Board of Directors at Towards a Better Tomorrow Association (Nagat), a community-based organization that supports vulnerable women and girls in East Amman and Mafraq to access sexual and reproductive health services, while raising awareness on gender-based violence, with the support of the UN’s Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund.
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Fatoom Mohammad Suwwan, 51, joined the UN Women Oasis Centre in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Every day, she continues to conquer her physical challenges to provide financial support for her family.
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Aida Salameh Khalil Al-Rawajfeh, 49, joined the UN Women’s Oasis Centre in Tafilah, southern Jordan, as an agriculture trainer to be able to provide for her family. As an experienced and passionate farmer, she provides lectures and trainings on agriculture to women in her community, encouraging them to start their own businesses. Following her experience at the Oasis Centre, she plans to continue her studies in agriculture and run her own hydroponic business, a sustainable farming method that requires less use of water.
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Older Syrian refugee women are struggling to find jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the sole provider of the family, Nawal Saed Mohammed, 60, is now able to work in a field she is passionate about, sharing her 45 years of experience in tailoring with other women at the UN Women Oasis Centre in the Za’atari refugee camp, and helping them to gain new skills, opportunities and economic independence 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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After experiencing abuse at the hands of both her husband and her family, Akaber*, 42, was able to break free from violence and become financially independent to provide a better life for her children...
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Roa’a Al-Fased, 14, is a member of the girls’ administrative board of Toward a Better Tomorrow Association (Nagat), a community-based organization that supports vulnerable women and girls in East Amman and Mafraq to access sexual and reproductive health services, while raising awareness on gender-based violence, with the support of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund.
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Jana Qudah, 17 years old, leads the communication team at the Jubilee School HeforShe club, the first of its kind in Jordan to engage adolescents on gender equality and women’s empowerment. From equal representation to leadership, Jana is designing creative content to drive the social media conversation on everyday issues facing young men and women.
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Through her first working experience at the UN Women’s Oasis Centre in the Azraq refugee camp, Nofa Ali Shadeh, 33, mother of five, finds herself pursuing self-growth, independence, and financial stability. Nofa Ali Shadeh, 33, works on a baby suits at the UN Women Oasis center in the Azraq refugee camp. Photo: UN Women/Yeji Lee    Five years ago, I left Syria with my husband and five children looking for a better life. We spent four months at the border between Syria...
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Tahani Hariri, 32 and mother of 5, fled Syria 8 years ago and found shelter in Zarqa. After experiencing griefs and increased responsibilities as the sole provider for her family, she is setting the example for other women in the community seeking to pursue employment opportunities.
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Fatma Mohammad Rahil, 33 and mother of five, joined the UN Women’s Oasis centre in the Azraq refugee camp to be able support her family financially. She discusses barriers faced by women and the goals she was able to achieve through an enabling working environment.
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Haifa Dammad knows the struggles of being the sole breadwinner of a family. Reflecting on her life between two crises, she discusses her engagement as community leader in the Za’atari refugee camp of Jordan, helping other women to gain news skills and access to information.   Haifa Dammad, 33, has found an incentive-based volunteer opportunity as tailor supervisor at the UN Women’s Oasis Centre in Za’atari refugee camp. Photo: UN Women/Marta Garbarino  ...
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Ala’a Mohammed Abdelaziz, 31 years old, is a facilitator at the Arab Women Organization for the UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning programme in Al-Taibeh, Kerak. Passionate about knowledge sharing, she is helping vulnerable women to fill the gaps in their education and grab the opportunity they need to fulfil their potential and earn an income.
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Nadia Al Obaydien, 45, struggled with severe health problems for six years and, as of this year, became a cancer survivor. Determined to set out on a new journey and eager to learn new skills, Al Obaydien enrolled as a poly-agriculture trainee in the Oasis center run by the Ministry of Social Development and UN Women in Tafilah with the support of the European Union...
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Miriam Tawfiq, has always sought to defy traditional and cultural barriers and this saw her take on a not so conventional path into the male dominated plumbing sector. A certified plumber, she shares why she established her own plumbing business, ‘The Maximum Challenge,’ in Zarqa. Eager to empower other women entrepreneurs, Tawfiq became a professional business mentor through the ‘Mentoring for Success’ programme delivered with the generous support of the European Union...
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Samaher, 35, a Syrian refugee woman living in the Za’atari camp, has made it her goal to raise awareness among other women about protection and legal services available in the camp. In the context of protracted displacement, the uncertainty on where to seek help in case of need is another important layer of complexity to violence for vulnerable women. Restrictions of movement due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak further aggravated refugees’ capacity to access legal services. UN Women and the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) work to ensure that vulnerable women like Samaher have information and knowledge of how to access protection and legal services during the crisis and confinement. Today her outreach goes beyond the camp.
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After fleeing the war in Syria in 2015 to find safety in Jordan, Hadeel Dohs*had to face domestic violence within the four walls of her own home. Managing to escape into the night, she finally found peace and hope in Azraq refugee camp, where she is rebuilding her life through her new role as a childcare teacher and accessing protection services offered in the UN Women Oasis center.