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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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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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In light of the unprecedented global crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Jordan adopted an increased set of measures to prevent and respond to the health crisis, which included extended lockdowns and restriction of movement. Despite the unprecedented circumstances, women like Siham Al Qatameen and Nadia Ahmad Al-Obaydien have been working to inspire their local communities to become resilient, assist the most vulnerable and unite in the face of the pandemic.
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In a joint effort to accelerate financial inclusion and promote gender-responsive financial services, the Housing Bank, in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), hosted a workshop on best practices for reaching women entrepreneurs through gender-responsive services.
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Under the Patronage of His Excellency Ziad Fariz, Governor of the Central Bank, UN Women, in collaboration with Aya Consultancy, organised a dialogue on an assessment on the financial needs of women entrepreneurs in Jordan. The assessment provides recommendations to governing bodies and financial institutions in the kingdom for increasing financial inclusion of women. The assessment was developed in partnership with Aya Consultancy as part of a UN Women’s programme generously supported by the European Union, through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syria Crisis, the EU MADAD Fund.
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The Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW), in collaboration with UN Women and UNDP, started the implementation of a dedicated programme to enhance women's participation in the upcoming elections to form Jordan’s 19th Parliament through a series of workshops aimed at building the capacities of potential women’s candidates and empower them to run in the parliamentary election, which will be held on 10 November 2020.
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During these uncertain circumstances, the voice of the activists at the forefront of supporting their communities is more important than ever. Youth action in fostering dialogues and collecting ideas is critical to building back peaceful, resilient and more sustainable communities. This International Day of Peace, we hear from the young women activists in Jordan who are on the ground working to promote women's and youth participation in peace and security in their communities. This year also...
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Captain Layaly Al-Athameen, 37 and mother of two children, is a Senior Officer for the Public Security Directorate, serving as one of the 51 International Peacekeeper from Jordan currently deployed under the United Nations (UN) - African Union Hybrid Operation, UNAMID, in Darfur, Sudan.
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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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The Ministry of Youth, UNFPA, UNDP and UN Women, in collaboration with the National Youth Peace and Security 2250 Coalition in Jordan, held an event on Thursday to celebrate International Youth Day 2020, under the global theme “Youth Engagement for Global Action”.
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Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) increased gender-responsive services to assist citizens and respond to the pandemic in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and with a specific focus on fostering a gender-sensitive environment at the Governorate level during the lockdown.
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Kathleen Bury is a women's empowerment advocate and the Chief Executive Officer of Mowgli—a social enterprise dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and organizational leaders through holistic mentoring. Mowgli Mentoring partnered with UN Women to implement a mentoring programme that supported 200 women refugees and Jordanian entrepreneurs across Jordan, with the generous support of the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis (the"Madad Fund”).
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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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Inter-Ministerial Committee on Women’s Empowerment held the annual Programme Board meeting on the implementation of Jordan’s National Action Plan (JONAP) on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security at the presence of the Chairperson of the Committee, His Excellency Eng. Musa Al-Maayta, Minister of Parliamentary and Political Affairs, and His Excellency Dr. Wissam Rabadi, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation.
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The Social Security Fund Investment Fund (SSIF) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) began today their work under the Women’s Career and Professional Development Programme to build the capacity of  SSIF and Social Security Corporation  female staff to access senior roles, responsibilities and leadership positions where 17 female employees will participate and continue for 5 days. The program that is executed...
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The Government of Japan is partnering with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) to increase protection referrals, awareness raising on gender-based violence, and psycho-social support vulnerable Syrian refugee women and girls. Through the UN Women’s Oasis centers located in the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps, access to essential services will be complemented by life-sustaining assistance to...
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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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To commemorate the 10th anniversary since the establishment of UN Women, we asked our staff to share their experience in working to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment and what supporting vulnerable women in Jordan means to them.