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Dozens of young people from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, opinion leaders and representatives from governments and the United Nations launched today in Amman ( Jordan) a new game app called WeRise that aims to promote gender equality. WeRise was developed by youth and for the youth, with more than a hundred of young volunteers from six MENA countries who developed the game’s contents with support from UN Women.
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Discussing gender equality in Jordan can lead to difficult conversations, as Balqees Shahin, a volunteer for the UN Women gender equality campaign HeforShe, has discovered. Marking International Day of The Girl Child on Monday, Ms. Shahin told UN News that online games can help young people to address gender issues.
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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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With support from UN Women and funding from the European Union, in Jordan, young women are working to build more inclusive, peaceful and cohesive societies where gender-specific needs are met, and women and youth lead in addressing violent extremism.
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Promoting youth’s engagement, leadership and active contribution to advance gender equality and the role of women, particularly young women, in peace and security is one of the key pillars of Jordan’s National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (JONAP) on Women, Peace and Security. The Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) and UN Women – with the support of the Governments of Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom...
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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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Within the framework of joint efforts in the field of social protection and to support survivors of violence, the Public Security Directorate (PSD) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) strengthened their partnership to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, mitigate its impact and to protect the community from virus transmission. With the generous support of the Governments of Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom...
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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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From patrolling check points to answering emergency calls, women serving in security sector agencies continue to undertake vital work across Jordan alongside their male colleagues, supporting citizens and carefully applying critical mitigation measures against the spread of COVID-19. UN Women is working closely with the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF), the Civil Defence Force (CDF), the Public Security Directorate (PSD) and the Gendarmerie Force to provide gender-sensitive emergency response to local communities to protect them from the virus transmission while assisting vulnerable women in need.
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In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Lana Ghneim, 23, from Jordan, is a member of the HeForShe campaign in Jordan, a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality led by UN Women. Ghneim has recently graduated as a Pharmacist from the Al-Zaytoonah University in Amman, Jordan.
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Ibtsam Sayeed Ahmed, 40, is a Syrian refugee enrolled as an incentive-based volunteer in the UN Women Oasis Center, in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. She is actively empowering women, youth and people with disabilities to stand up for that rights and pursue their education.
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Ahmed Albalkhi, 40, is an incentive-based volunteer enrolled in the UN Women Oasis Center in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. Albalkhi is working to raise the awareness of men and boys, and encourage them to stand up for women's rights.
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UN Women and the World Food Programme, in collaboration with IrisGuard, are using technological innovation to advance women's economic empowerment through blockchin technology 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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Saif Dabbas, 19, is a member of the HeForShe campaign in Jordan, a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality led by UN Women. Dabbas has been a feminist advocate since age 14 and believes youth should be at the forefront of the gender equality movement.
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Deep within the rural community of Karak lies the town of Taibeh, where 39-year-old Mona Ahmed Alqkla, found a safe place for her family seven years ago after fleeing the conflict in Dara'a, Syria. She had never found an opportunity to work, until now. She recently joined the incentive-based volunteer programme as a tailor in the Oasis Centre in Taibeh, which was launched by the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with UN Women in March 2019.
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At 50, Fatima Alhaj has finally found the confidence to overcome the pain of her past. A Syrian refugee living in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan since 2016, she regained her sense of purpose after joining UN Women’s Incentive-based Volunteer programme as a literacy teacher, where teaching and writing are her catharsis.
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Falha Abrabo arrived at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan after fleeing Syria in 2012. Shortly thereafter, her husband had a severe stroke, which left her in the position of becoming the sole provider for her family. She found a livelihood opportunity teaching adult literacy sessions to other women through the incentive-based volunteer programme at UN Women’s Oasis Centre, which builds women’s resilience and empowerment.
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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.
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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.