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A soul impassioned by supporting women

Monday, August 19, 2019

It’s 10 a.m. and after a two-hour drive, Rawan Majali arrives at her destination: the small, sandy UN Women Oasis Centre in Taibeh, perched atop the sprawling rural hills of the Karak district. Here, as the melodious sounds of music stream out from behind the spartan walls, Rawan jumps straight from the car to partake in traditional dancing alongside the 10 Syrian and Jordanian women already stomping their feet in tune. 

Strengthening resilience, investing in passion: Zonta International Foundation and UN Women empower women across Jordan

Sunday, August 18, 2019

From 28-31 July, on their first official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, four members of a delegation headed by Susanne von Bassewitz, President of Zonta International Foundation, gained first-hand insight into UN Women’s work and witnessed the opportunities that are being provided to women through continuous support from the Zonta International Foundation.

From where I stand: “The key to my success was taking away the shame of asking others for help”

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Eman Salam, 55, is a certified nurse who runs her own charities, and a professional mentor through the Mowgli 'Mentoring for Success' programme. With the generous support of the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis, UN Women and Mowgli are providing 200 Syrian and Jordanian women with the opportunity to build their confidence and enhance their professional and personal development through mentorship.

Mentoring programme pairs budding Syrian and Jordanian entrepreneurs

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

When 22-year-old social science graduate Haneen Hussen used to dream about starting her own business, she would get excited, then quickly discouraged when remembering the reality of the business landscape in her rural community of Shobak, in western Jordan. That is until she met Eman Salam on the Mowgli Mentorship programme...

From where I stand: “I am far more confident at the prospect of beginning the process”

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Haneen Hussen, a 22-year-old Jordanian social science graduate, has been partnered with a professional mentor through the Mowgli 'Mentoring for Success' programme to kickstart her own business in Shobak, a community which hosts a number of Syrian refugees in Jordan. With the generous support of the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis, UN Women and Mowgli are providing 200 Syrian and Jordanian women in Jordan with the opportunity to build their confidence and enhance their professional and personal development through mentorship. Enabling women like Haneen to start a business and enhance their resilience to overcome societal, psychological and gender-related hurdles that prevent them from creating and growing sustainable long-term employment.

Creating spaces of empowerment and leadership for women key to achieve an inclusive 2030 Agenda, says President of the UN General Assembly during visit to Jordan

Monday, July 29, 2019

The President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly visited the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 21-24 July. Commending Jordan’s efforts in response to the refugee crisis, she also noted the government's awareness and commitment to work towards attaining Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment. In collaboration with UN Women, she had the opportunity to meet vulnerable Syrian refugee women and girls as well as Jordanian women leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities to promote women’s empowerment.

From where I stand: “I am a female Community Leader raising women’s awareness and advocating for their rights.”

Monday, July 29, 2019

Azraq Refugee Camp is home to 35,709 Syrian refugees, with one in four households headed by women. Torfah Ahmad utilizes her position as a female Community Leader to advocate for women’s issues and the rights of Syrian refugees. In 2016, UNHCR set up women’s committees within the four villages of Azraq Camp, Ahmad is one of six female Community leaders and has been successfully re-elected by her district for the past three years.

200 YOUTH VOLUNTEERS AWARDED AT HEFORSHE CLOSING CEREMONY FOR REACHING 20.000 COMMITMENTS ON WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

Monday, July 15, 2019

In partnership with the Greater Amman Municipality and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Arabic HeforShe movement organized a closing ceremony to mark the conclusion of its second phase and to commemorate the milestone achievement of 20,000 commitments reached across the Kingdom in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Launched in 2015 in Jordan, Arabic HeforShe engaged more than 500 youth volunteers in Jordan’s universities and communities, 200 of whom were awarded during the closing ceremony.

SYRIAN REFUGEE WOMEN GRADUATE FROM UN WOMEN’S SKILLS BUILDING PROGRAMME WITH SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Held at the presence of H.E Mr. Hidenao Yanagi, Ambassador of Japan to Jordan, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) organized a graduation ceremony in the Azraq refugee camp, to acknowledge the achievements of 50 Syrian refugee women who successfully completed skill trainings and capacity building under UN Women’s Incentive-Based Volunteerism (IBV) scheme. Generously funded by the Government of Japan, this initiative provided vulnerable women with relevant job skills, while meeting their protection concerns and promoting empowerment through leadership and civic engagement.

JORDAN ARMED FORCES – Armed Forces AND UN WOMEN SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Monday, July 8, 2019

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Armed Forces and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was signed on Monday, 8 July between Brigadier General Abdalah Al Huniti, Director of Planning and Organization in Jordan Armed Forces (JAF), and Mr. Ziad Sheikh, Representative for the UN Women Jordan Country Office.

COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN TAFILEH LAUNCH ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS ON WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Under the esteemed patronage of H.E Imad Al Rawashdeh, the Governor of Tafilah, the Information and Research Center – King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF), in partnership with UN Women and the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW), today launched a series of advocacy campaigns on women’s empowerment developed by seven women’s Community-based Organizations (CBOs) in Tafilah. Over a period of six months, joint advocacy efforts will address challenges and opportunities faced by women and girls in their communities, including access to quality health services, public transportation, and management of financial resources.

UN Women Jordan announces a call for proposal on 'Strengthening Capacities of Women's Civil Society Organizations'

Sunday, June 23, 2019

UN Women Jordan invites Non-Governmental Organizations  to submit proposals for ' Strengthening Capacities of Women’s Civil Society Organizations in Evidence-based Advocacy and Women, Peace and Security Agenda.'

UN Women Jordan announces a call for proposals under the Jordanian National Action Plan (JONAP) on UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

UN Women invites applicants to submit proposals to support the implementation of the Communications Strategy for the Jordanian National Action Plan (JONAP) for the Implemenattion of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

From where I stand: “I have finally found the value that I need in my life to succeed.”

Thursday, June 20, 2019

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.

From where I stand: “I have the eternal belief that education is the nucleus of empowering communities”

Thursday, June 20, 2019

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.

From where I stand: “I was the one who had to pick up all the pieces.”

Thursday, June 20, 2019

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.

Photo essay: Syrian women in Jordan share stories of war and hope

Thursday, June 20, 2019

From refugee camps to urban settlements and rural communities, Jordan has provided refuge to more than 1.3 million Syrians since 2011. 1 Eighty-six per cent of Syrian refugees live below the poverty line and half of the refugee population are women and girls . 2  In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis Centre in the Za’atari refugee camp as a safe space for...

UN Women staff trained on disability inclusion

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

UN Women staff from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine participated on the disability inclusion training in Cairo, Egypt. Photo Credits: UN Women/ Nourhan El-Nagdy The UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) held its first Disability Inclusion capacity building training for regional and county office personnel from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine between 21-23 April in Cairo. UN Women decided to develop and deliver the training based on the recommendations to increase...

Finding a new rhythm in life

Monday, May 20, 2019

To provide women with a safe space where they can escape, bond and deal with the trauma they’ve experienced as survivors of gender-based violence, the JWU is using music as a tool for empowerment and stress relief. Over the course of six months, 20 women accessing the hotline or the Centre’s protection services will follow two weekly two-hour musical therapy sessions, as well as practical and theoretical musical training sessions. Women are selected on the basis of interest and most have no prior musical background.

Stitching together a new life: women entrepreneurs kickstart their own businesses in Za’atari and Azraq

Monday, May 6, 2019

Safiyah Abd El Ghafar and Duha Adnan are among the 43 per cent of Syrian refugee female-headed households in Jordan. To provide a livelihood for their families, these two women utilized the skills and business capacities they acquired at UN Women’s Oasis Centre to start their own micro-businesses.

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