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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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On Tuesday, 8 March 2022, the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) hosted virtually through zoom the annual celebration of the international initiative ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’, in cooperation with the International Finance Organization (IFC), UN Women Jordan and the UN Global Compact Jordan...
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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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Under the esteemed patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Talal, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, in partnership with the Royal Film Commission – Jordan and the artistic direction of Ghada Saba, movie director and TV anchor, UN Women is organising the 10th edition of the Women’s Film Week to commemorate the International Women’s Day (8 March 2022). Since 2012, this initiative offers a unique opportunity for the public in Jordan to see and reflect on women’s issues, as portrayed through the work of various national and international filmmakers. 
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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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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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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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UN Women Jordan has launched the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Jordan Network, to enhance the role of the private sector in promoting and advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE).
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UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous made her first official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on 1-2 December 2021. On this occasion, Ms. Bahous met with government authorities, members of the international community, UN officials, civil society organizations and women leaders...
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On Saturday, under the patronage of H.E. Wafaa Bani Mustafa, Minister of State for Legal Affairs and representative of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Women’s Empowerment,  the 2021 edition of the international campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence was launched under the theme “Together to end violence against women in the public and political spheres.” ...
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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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The Jordan Media Institute (JMI) concluded a project aimed at raising awareness and promote joint advocacy on gender-sensitive reporting on women in the workforce with the goal to foster an enabling narrative in the media for women in the labor market, shedding light on their expertise and vital contribution to Jordan’s economy.
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More than 150 men and women of all ages participated in the ‘Together We March for Women’s Renaissance Marathon’, which was held on Thursday, 30th September 2021 at the Al Hussein Sports City in Amman. The event was organized by the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD)...
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The Standard Chartered Bank in Jordan signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), an initiative by the UN Global Compact and UN Women that aims to promote gender equality in workplaces, labor markets and local communities in addition to drive its positive impact on productivity.
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Arab Army (JAF), in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), launched its first Gender Mainstreaming Strategy covering the period from 2021 to 2024...
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Investing in women’s employment is critical for economic and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, speakers at a UN Talk stressed on Monday.
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), announced today the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN-Women.
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In occasion of the closing ceremony of the project “Institutional Capacity Development for Gender Mainstreaming at MoSD” funded by the Government of Italy through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) and UN Women, the MoSD Secretary General H.E. Dr. Barq Al-Dmour, on behalf of the Minister of Social Development (MoSD) H.E. Ayman Al Mufleh, affirmed that Jordan achieved significant progress in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, in alignment with both its national and international commitments, by adopting key policies, strategies and legislation.
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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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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.