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From Where I stand: “A woman who knows her rights and makes decisions for herself is a woman who can conquer the world.”

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Houaida Khaitan's commitment to advocate for women’s empowerment and their rights in Jordan was formed at a young age. Utilizing her years of experience as a psychotherapist, she has been providing psychological support services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), at the Jordanian Women’s Union (JWU) hotline. With the generous support of the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis and the Government of France, UN Women and JWU...

“Finally, I have a chance to regain my dignity… and make decisions for myself.”

Sunday, November 25, 2018

From a young age, Joud Ahmad*, 21, suffered from mental and physical abuse from her father and brother. When she escaped home, she had nowhere to stay and was later put in administrative detention in the Juwaida Jail in the outskirts of Amman. Her case was then referred to the Jordanian Women’s Union (JWU), which transferred her to one of their shelters. The space is supported by UN...

16 ways, 16 Days: Your guide to ending violence against women

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

16 ways, 16 Days: Your guide to ending violence against women

Community centres at the forefront of protection, prevention and response services to vulnerable women and girls in Jordan

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dunya Khalil* and Basma Hamed* are both survivors of domestic violence. Living in a rural area, with limited livelihood opportunities and confronted with the need to provide for their children, they found protection support and counseling services at the women and girls’ centre in Ajloun operated by the Institute for Family Health and UN Women, with the generous support of the Government of Japan.

Take Five: “Enhancing women’s economic situation would trigger a ripple effect”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ghadeer Khuffash is a women’s rights activist with years of experience in education, vocational training and workforce development. She is now the CEO of Jordan Education for Employment (JEFE), a non-profit organization with a presence across the Middle East and North Africa that trains youth, places them in jobs in the private sector and provides micro-entrepreneurship training.

Everything you need to know about gender equality at the United Nations General Assembly

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A guide to the global gender equality agenda at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73), who will be there and what’s at stake

UN Women and World Food Programme harness innovation for women's economic empowerment in crisis situations

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UN Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) are breaking new ground by using blockchain to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women’s cash for work programmes at the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan.

Ambassador of Japan Visits Protection Center in Aljoun operated by UN Women and the institute for Family Health

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Ambassador of Japan to Jordan, H.E. Mr. Hidenao Yanagi visited the women and girls’ center operated by UN Women and the Institute for Family Health (IFH) – Noor Al Hussein Foundation in the city of Ajloun.

Take Five: “Our goal is for childcare services in the workplace to be recognized as a public good”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Randa Naffa is a community organizer and founding member of SADAQA—an NGO dedicated to empowering Jordanian women in the workplace that has directly contributed to establishing more than 90 workplace childcare centres. SADAQA is now working in partnership with UN Women to promote women’s participation in the labour market through enhanced legislation and enforcement, as well as by increasing accessible transportation and childcare services in the Southern Governorates of Jordan and...

Empowerment through employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan

Friday, August 10, 2018

1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women’s resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za’atari and Azraq.

Sport as a Vehicle for Social Change and Empowerment, UN Women and Generations for Peace Announce New Partnership

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

UN Women and Generations For Peace today announced a new partnership to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment using sport as an effective driver of social cohesion and civic engagement. Within this framework, more than 600,000 vulnerable Jordanian and Syrian refugee youth will be engaged in sport-based activities designed to promote a greater understanding of resilience and empowerment from a gender-sensitive perspective. Running till 2019, the initiative will target 300 public...

From where I stand: “I do it because I am a woman, I am capable, and all women should be empowered to think the same.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shereen Al Qasim, 43, is utilizing her role as an Administrative Assistant to empower and improve the lives of young brides in Jordan. Photo: UN Women/ Susan Al Hilo “The perception I had of my role as a woman has changed dramatically compared to eleven years ago. I was under the assumption that I would be a stay at home mother; I would look after my family and attend to my home. However, this idea soon changed after I unexpectedly came across an advertisement in the newspaper....

From where I stand: “Always rely on yourself”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Maha Aasi Emm Ala’a, a Syrian refugee, came to the UN Women-run women’s centre in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp with severe depression after her husband passed away. She received counseling and found tailoring work through the cash-for-work programme. As refugee crises become more protracted, humanitarian assistance must take into account immediate and long-term needs of women and girls. The women’s centres in Za’atari Refugee Camp are building women’s resilience and empowering them as leaders, workers and entrepreneurs.

Minister of Social Development visits UN Women's Resilience and empowerment centers

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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.

Finland Minister for Foreign Trade and Development greets Syrian women and children in Azraq UN Women Oasis

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mrs. Anne-Mari Virolainen visited Azraq Refugee Camp on the 9th May, accompanied by UN Women Country Representative Ziad Sheikh. Mrs. Virolaninen joined the women and girls within UN Women Oasis center, the tour highlighted the continuous support and commitment Finland provides to UN Women.

The First Lady of Japan, Her Excellency Mrs. Akie Abe, received a warm greeting from the Syrian women and girls working within the UN Women ‘Oasis 2’

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The occasion of the visit allowed H.E Mrs. Abe, to gain a firsthand understanding of UN Women’s work and witness the opportunities that are being provided to women through the continuous support of the Government of Japan.

Applications are now open for the Global Award for Women’s Empowerment

Monday, April 30, 2018

The call for applications for the Global Award for Women’s Empowerment opened on 1 April 2018 and will run through 31 August 2018 (GMT+3), under the “Apply now” section on the  www.womenglobalaward.org/en . In 2017 UN Women and the Supreme Council for Women in Bahrain announced the Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women’s Empowerment. The award, to be presented every three years, recognizes individuals, organisations, companies and member...

International Girls in ICT Day, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The ICT sector presents tremendous opportunities for women. It’s slated to become a very big chunk of the job market, with an estimated 90 per cent of jobs soon requiring ICT skills. But for women to seize these opportunities equally as men, we have to tackle the gender stereotypes and biases that prevent them from pursuing or making it big in STEM-related fields.

The French Delegation visit UN Women 'Women and Girls' Oasis' in Azraq refugee camp

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The French delegation visited Azraq 'Women and Girl’s Oasis,' viewing the multi-sector facilities of the Oasis and foster a discussion with the Women. ...

Stakeholder's celebrate the launch of the Jordanian National Plan to activate UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

On March 21st, 2018, The launch marked the recent implementation of the Jordanian National Plan (JONAP) 2018-2021 to activate UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Security and Peace as a key framework within Jordan. The event marked the commitment of the Prime Minister H.E Dr. Hani Fawzi Al-Mulki, the Jordanian Government's and stakeholder's enhancement of women’s participation in the peace and security sectors within Jordan.

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