Social Security Corporation signs a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Date: Monday, June 21, 2021

Amman, Jordan
 
Dr. Hazim Rahahleh, Director General of the Social Security Corporation, and Mr. Ziad Sheikh , UN Women Jordan Representative seal a new partnership to promote women's empowerment in Jordan. Photo: UN Women/ Yeji Lee
Dr. Hazim Rahahleh, Director General of the Social Security Corporation, and Mr. Ziad Sheikh , UN Women Jordan Representative seal a new partnership to promote women's empowerment in Jordan. Photo: UN Women/ Yeji Lee

The Social Security Corporation (“SSC”) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (“UN Women”) signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) to promote women's empowerment and gender equality in the SSC’s headquarter. The MOU was signed on behalf of the Social Security Corporation by its Director General, Dr. Hazem Rahhaleh, and Mr. Ziad Sheikh, on behalf of UN Women Jordan.

The SSC's Director General, Dr. Hazim Rahahleh, emphasized that promoting the participation of women in various economic activities and across different professional sectors is key to achieve economic growth. Women’s participation in the labor market should be supported and encouraged by providing decent and gender-responsive working environments for women, that includes social protection systems through the social security insurances system. Such measures can also contribute to reducing women’s unemployment.

Al-Rahahleh welcomed the opportunity of strengthening the cooperation with UN Women, confirming the SSC's readiness to implement the priority areas of action identified under the MOU, which are aligned to the main national priorities of the Kingdom on promoting social protection. As a leading national institution in this field, SSC is also supportive of increasing women’s empowerment in development and economic processes.

“The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on women’s economic empowerment, demonstrating the importance of sustaining investments in gender-responsive social protection and care systems to promote an inclusive and faster recovery. As UN Women, we look forward to collaborating with SCC to strengthen institutional capacity development, analysis and research in this field” said Ziad Sheikh, UN Women Jordan Representative.

Under the MOU, the two entities committed to advance mutual areas of interest pertaining to enhancing social protection schemes and programs from a gender perspective, and to ensure that those are responsive to the different needs and priorities of both women and men. The two entities will also partner to address gender gaps in the labor force participation and social protection trends through the promotion of women’s leadership and meaningful engagement in decision-making processes.

A dedicated committee, including representatives of both SSC and UN Women, will be established to manage the partnership and to monitor the implementation of activities included in the MoU, facilitating information sharing and exchange on relevant issues.

SSC will be among the institutions UN Women will collaborate with to conduct a macro and micro analysis on the impact of childcare services on the economy. UN Women will also provide technical assistance to SSC to mainstream gender responsive budgeting tools into its institutional procedures, planning and budgeting.

The SSC noted that 370,000 women are currently covered by its insurance system, while the number of female pensioners has reached 47,031. The number of insured women who benefited from the maternity insurance reached 55,389.

 

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