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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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First Lieutenant Ohood Al-Manaseer, an Investigative Officer at the Family Protection Department (FPD) under the Public Security Directorate (PSD). Since joining the department in 2007, Lt. Al-Manaseer has worked to ensure survivors have 24-hour access to social, administrative, and medical services that they require and remains by their side throughout, including accompanying them to hospital and court hearings.
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The Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW), in collaboration with UN Women and UNDP, launched the first training program for members of the National Team of Trainers that will be deployed to support women's participation in the upcoming elections to form Jordan’s 19th Parliament.
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Safwa Islamic Bank recently hosted a training programme for the bank's employees focusing on gender issues and financial services, as part of the bank’s strategy to support national efforts towards financial inclusivity and highlighting the central role played by women in the financial sector.
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On World Humanitarian Day (WHD), 19 August, we commemorate humanitarian workers across the world. This year's WHD comes as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Across Jordan’s communities, women humanitarians have taken the lead to support vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees to overcome these unprecedented circumstances.
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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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UN Women hosted a national dialogue on 24 June to discuss emerging trends and evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jordan on women’s economic empowerment and participation in the labour market. The dialogue gathered members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Women’s Empowerment, civil society organizations, parliament representatives, the private sector, academia, members of the international community under the Gender Partners Coordination Group and UN agencies.
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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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The Za’atari refugee camp is home to 76,378 refugees, of which 19,243 are school-age children. To support parents and children to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Women increased the number of Syrian refugee teachers enrolled in the Oasis’ incentive-based volunteer programme. One of them is Nahid Ali Albuhair, 31, from Daraa Syria, whose passion for teaching roots back to her life before the conflict. This is her journey of resilience between two crises.
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Ten years since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic brought new challenges for vulnerable Syrian refugee women and girls living in Jordan. Amid the second big crisis in her life, Bushra Alhariri had to find new strengths to cope with the situation and, as a community mobilizer, is now helping more than 150 women in the Za’atari refugee camp through the UN Women Oasis by sharing reliable information on COVID-19 and national preventive measures.
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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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Whether to pursue their studies on the Government’s e-learning platform or to stay in contact with families and friends, youth rely on internet to support each other during the COVID-19 lockdown. Over 500 HeForShe volunteers across Jordan are using social media to help their peers copying with the pressure of confinement, with a rich calendar of virtual initiatives to continue raising awareness on COVID-19 and gender equality. Here is a sneak peek of their work behind the scene and their message of solidarity during this difficult time.
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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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As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, the lives of women and girls everywhere are changing. While some spheres of work and personal life are on pause, others face increased strains and new challenges. Millions of women worldwide are part of the essential workforce on the front lines of COVID-19.
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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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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.