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Follow our history: Ten years into advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Jordan

Thursday, July 2, 2020

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.

Active agents of change: The women behind empowering vulnerable Jordanian and Syrian refugee women.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

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.

GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN AND UN WOMEN INCREASE LIVELIHOOD AND PROTECTION SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE WOMEN IN JORDAN

Thursday, July 2, 2020

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...

MINISTER OF STATE FOR MEDIA AFFAIRS OPENS DIGITAL FORUM ON WOMEN IN MEDIA AND GENDER-SENSITIVE REPORTING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Under the framework of Jordan’s National Action Plan (JONAP) implementing the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the Government of Jordan, with the support of the Jordanian National Commission for Women and UN Women, launched a ‘Digital Forum on Women in Media and Gender-Sensitive Reporting During the COVID-19 Pandemic’.

Experts dialogue: towards gender-responsive socio-economic recovery

Thursday, June 25, 2020

UN Women hosted a national dialogue on 24 June to discuss emerging trends and evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jordan on women’s economic empowerment and participation in the labour market. The dialogue gathered members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Women’s Empowerment, civil society organizations, parliament representatives, the private sector, academia, members of the international community under the Gender Partners Coordination Group and UN agencies.

Meet the Syrian women baking up new confidence and preparing healthy meals to 29,000 children every day

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The smell of freshly baked pastries lingers in the air of the HealthyKitchen in the Azraq refugee camp. Leena Ahmed Al-Faraj, 25, a Syrian refugee from Der Zoor, has just finished her six-hour shift, baking healthy meals that will be packaged and distributed to 10,000 children in the six schools of the Azraq camp.

From where we stand: Our journey of resilience and empowerment between two crises.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Ten years since the start of the conflict, with more than 5.6 million people fled Syria to neighboring countries and Jordan is currently hosting more than 747,031 Syrian refugees. Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the conflict and displacement, and they are now facing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

From Where I Stand: “To empower women, we must ensure they know how to access legal services.”

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Samaher, 35, a Syrian refugee woman living in the Za’atari camp, has made it her goal to raise awareness among other women about protection and legal services available in the camp. In the context of protracted displacement, the uncertainty on where to seek help in case of need is another important layer of complexity to violence for vulnerable women. Restrictions of movement due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak further aggravated refugees’ capacity to access legal services. UN Women and the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) work to ensure that vulnerable women like Samaher have information and knowledge of how to access protection and legal services during the crisis and confinement. Today her outreach goes beyond the camp.

From where I stand: “My husband would not allow me to leave the house, now I’m financially independent”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Ten years since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, refugee women continue to face multiple challenges during displacement. Home to 36,657 refugees, in the Azraq refugee camp 1 in 4 households are headed by women. Noor Ali Halam*, from Dara’a, is one of them and, since 2017 she is the sole provider for her six children. At the UN Women’s Oasis center, she was able to find her first job and the support network she needed to rebuild her life.

From where I Stand: “It is your right as a woman, as a refugee and as a human, to become empowered.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

After fleeing the war in Syria in 2015 to find safety in Jordan, Hadeel Dohs*had to face domestic violence within the four walls of her own home. Managing to escape into the night, she finally found peace and hope in Azraq refugee camp, where she is rebuilding her life through her new role as a childcare teacher and accessing protection services offered in the UN Women Oasis center.

From Where I stand: "From one crisis to another, we must learn to support each other."

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Ten years since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic brought new challenges for vulnerable Syrian refugee women and girls living in Jordan. Amid the second big crisis in her life, Bushra Alhariri had to find new strengths to cope with the situation and, as a community mobilizer, is now helping more than 150 women in the Za’atari refugee camp through the UN Women Oasis by sharing reliable information on COVID-19 and national preventive measures.

From where I stand: “It was an incredible feeling to be back again in the classroom.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Za’atari refugee camp is home to 76,378 refugees, of which 19,243 are school-age children. To support parents and children to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Women increased the number of Syrian refugee teachers enrolled in the Oasis’ incentive-based volunteer programme. One of them is Nahid Ali Albuhair, 31, from Daraa Syria, whose passion for teaching roots back to her life before the conflict. This is her journey of resilience between two crises.

PUBLIC SECURITY DIRECTORATE AND UN WOMEN STRENGTHEN PARTNERSHIP

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Within the framework of joint efforts in the field of social protection and to support survivors of violence, the Public Security Directorate (PSD) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) strengthened their partnership to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, mitigate its impact and to protect the community from virus transmission. With the generous support of the Governments of Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom...

HeForShe volunteers take over social media to raise awareness on COVID-19 and gender equality

Monday, May 11, 2020

Whether to pursue their studies on the Government’s e-learning platform or to stay in contact with families and friends, youth rely on internet to support each other during the COVID-19 lockdown. Over 500 HeForShe volunteers across Jordan are using social media to help their peers copying with the pressure of confinement, with a rich calendar of virtual initiatives to continue raising awareness on COVID-19 and gender equality. Here is a sneak peek of their work behind the scene and their message of solidarity during this difficult time.

Australia extends an additional contribution to UN Women to support vulnerable women in Jordan

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Government of Australia, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, extended an additional timely contribution to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in response to COVID-19, and to provide livelihood opportunities to vulnerable Jordanian and Syrian refugee women. Activities will engage more than 500 vulnerable women in UN Women’s Oases centers located in the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps, as well as in Oases located in community centers managed in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development in the Governorates of Zarqa, East Amman, Karak, Maan, and Tafileh.

Using technology to assist vulnerable Syrian refugees during COVID-19 lockdown

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures, UN Women is providing urgent support, information and essential services to more than 5,700 Syrian refugees in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps.

Five women on the front lines of COVID response

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, the lives of women and girls everywhere are changing. While some spheres of work and personal life are on pause, others face increased strains and new challenges. Millions of women worldwide are part of the essential workforce on the front lines of COVID-19.

Women in the security sector at the frontline of the COVID-19 response

Monday, April 20, 2020

From patrolling check points to answering emergency calls, women serving in security sector agencies continue to undertake vital work across Jordan alongside their male colleagues, supporting citizens and carefully applying critical mitigation measures against the spread of COVID-19. UN Women is working closely with the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF), the Civil Defence Force (CDF), the Public Security Directorate (PSD) and the Gendarmerie Force to provide gender-sensitive emergency response to local communities to protect them from the virus transmission while assisting vulnerable women in need.

COVID-19: Women front and centre

Friday, March 20, 2020

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Checklist for COVID-19 response by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér

Friday, March 20, 2020

As governments respond to the global COVID-19 crisis under huge pressures to act fast, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner, calls on leaders and decision-makers to answer 10 key questions about how their responses and policies will include and impact women and girls

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