Minister of Social Development visits UN Women's Resilience and empowerment centersMs. Hala Lattouf had the chance to interact with Syrian refugees enrolled in UN Women’s cash-for-work programme
The Minister of Social Development, H.E. Ms. Hala Lattouf, visited one of the three ‘Oasis Center for Resilience and Empowerment of Women and Girls’ operated by UN Women in the Za’atari refugee camp. Serving approximately 16,000 Syrian refugees on an annual basis, the Center supports vulnerable Syrian refugee women in generating income and increasing their engagement in the camp community, while creating an enabling environment for their own empowerment.
During her visit, Minister Lattouf had the chance to interact with Syrian refugees enrolled in UN Women’s cash-for-work programme to learn about the support services provided to facilitate their work, such as child-care facilities and remedial education classes. She also visited various activity spaces available in the Center, including the tailoring workshop where Syrian women can enhance industrial-focused tailoring skills while supporting other refugee women in the camp through the production of 200 baby kits per month that are distributed among the newborns in the camp field hospitals.
"I applaud the integrated approach of the UN Women’s Model and its attention to all the areas of a woman's life - the economic empowerment, the violence prevention, the remedial education and the facilities and education opportunities for children. MOSD looks forward to identifying lessons learned and applying them to the ministry's community centers across the Kingdom to benefit Jordanian women." affirmed Minster Lattouf.
The visit continued with a tour of Sama Al-Badia, a women’s grassroot organization located in the Governorate of Mafraq, which supports vulnerable Jordanian women and girls through empowerment, education and health services in order to mitigate the impact of early marriages. Working in partnership with the Association of Family and Childhood Protection Society of Irbid (FCPS), Sama Al-Badia is able to improve the lives of many young girls and their families through the support received by the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund.
Chaired by the Ministry of Social Development, the Fund is an innovative partnership empowering local women to be a force for crisis response and lasting peace. Jordan is one of the six countries targeted by the Fund globally, with five national organizations promoting women’s engagement to prevent conflict, respond to crises, and accelerate peace in their communities.
“Going forward, UN Women is working in close partnership with the Ministry of Social Development to continue its support to Syrian refugee women and vulnerable Jordanian women with livelihood services that are designed to translate into sustainable employment opportunities, and to integrate more coherently with remedial education and protection services” affirmed Mr. Ziad Sheikh, UN Women Jordan Representative.