The Social Security Fund Investment Fund and UN Women Jordan launch the Women’s Leadership Development Program

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2020

Mrs. Kholoud Saqqaf, CEO Social Security Fund Investment Fund (SSIF), and Mr. Ziad Sheikh, UN Women Jordan Representative, convene with participants under the Women’s Career and Professional Development training. Photo courtesy of SSIF. 

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 by UN Women is part of the UN Women and ILO joint programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women” generously supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

 SSIF CEO Mrs. Kholoud Saqqaf said that this important partnership with UN Women reflects the Fund’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the importance of promoting equal opportunities for women and men in all fields. The programme will enhance the capacity of female staff in performing their duties, unleashing their full potential, and support their career advancement on equal basis of their male colleagues. This program also complements SSIF efforts to empower female employees at various job levels. In 2018, SSIF launched a Woman Empowerment’s guidelines that set the reference framework for the SSIF’s management to develop plans and programs in the areas of leadership, economic and social empowerment, in addition to other programs that create a stimulating work environment for all.

“The Social Security Investment Fund plays a critical role in promoting gender smart investments in human resources and financial assets. This capacity building opportunity is an important step to increase the number of new actors who support investments and policies that are sensitive to gender issues, which evidence shows is smart business.” said Mr. Ziad Sheikh, UN Women Jordan Representative

This programme is part of a broader collaboration between UN Women and the Social Security Investment Fund that aims to support the national commitments under Goal 5 by measuring the impact of the related initiatives on women and promoting dialogue on women’s economic empowerment and financing for gender equality.

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