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From where I stand “You will always be surprised by the opportunities you can get when you decide to step it up”

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Tahani Hariri, 32 and mother of 5, fled Syria 8 years ago and found shelter in Zarqa. After experiencing griefs and increased responsibilities as the sole provider for her family, she is setting the example for other women in the community seeking to pursue employment opportunities.

From where I stand: “Women can work and share household responsibilities to provide a better life for their families”

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Fatma Mohammad Rahil, 33 and mother of five, joined the UN Women’s Oasis centre in the Azraq refugee camp to be able support her family financially. She discusses barriers faced by women and the goals she was able to achieve through an enabling working environment.

From where I stand: “When your aspirations are strong enough, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals”

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Through her first working experience at the UN Women’s Oasis Centre in the Azraq refugee camp, Nofa Ali Shadeh, 33, mother of five, finds herself pursuing self-growth, independence, and financial stability. Nofa Ali Shadeh, 33, works on a baby suits at the UN Women Oasis center in the Azraq refugee camp. Photo: UN Women/Yeji Lee    Five years ago, I left Syria with my husband and five children looking for a better life. We spent four months at the border between Syria...

From where I stand: ‘I believe everyone is a potential leader’.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Haifa Dammad knows the struggles of being the sole breadwinner of a family. Reflecting on her life between two crises, she discusses her engagement as community leader in the Za’atari refugee camp of Jordan, helping other women to gain news skills and access to information.   Haifa Dammad, 33, has found an incentive-based volunteer opportunity as tailor supervisor at the UN Women’s Oasis Centre in Za’atari refugee camp. Photo: UN Women/Marta Garbarino  ...

From where I stand: “An educated woman is a woman with power”

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Ala’a Mohammed Abdelaziz, 31 years old, is a facilitator at the Arab Women Organization for the UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning programme in Al-Taibeh, Kerak. Passionate about knowledge sharing, she is helping vulnerable women to fill the gaps in their education and grab the opportunity they need to fulfil their potential and earn an income.

From Where I Stand: “You must be your number one supporter.”

Friday, October 2, 2020

Nadia Al Obaydien, 45, struggled with severe health problems for six years and, as of this year, became a cancer survivor. Determined to set out on a new journey and eager to learn new skills, Al Obaydien enrolled as a poly-agriculture trainee in the Oasis center run by the Ministry of Social Development and UN Women in Tafilah with the support of the European Union...

From Where I stand: “Break the stereotypes getting in the way of your dreams.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Miriam Tawfiq, has always sought to defy traditional and cultural barriers and this saw her take on a not so conventional path into the male dominated plumbing sector. A certified plumber, she shares why she established her own plumbing business, ‘The Maximum Challenge,’ in Zarqa. Eager to empower other women entrepreneurs, Tawfiq became a professional business mentor through the ‘Mentoring for Success’ programme delivered with the generous support of the European Union...

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 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.

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 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: “I have the right to write my own future”

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Farah Al Rahiyel, 23, from Daraa, Syria, found herself overcoming hurdles of war and displacement in the pursuit to complete her education. Today, she is standing up for her right to education through the support and inspiration she took from the sessions on legal awareness and women’s rights organized by the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) in partnership with UN Women, and with the generous support of the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis (Madad) and the Governments of France and Japan.

From where I stand: “I swear I will get there; this is just the beginning for me”

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Iman Issawi*, a Syrian refugee from Daraa currently living in Jordan, was 17 when she found herself trapped in an abusive marriage. A year later she managed to escape and, in spite of her suffering, she is rebuilding her life with the support and legal advice she is receiving from the Family and Childhood Protection Society (FCPS) in Irbid – a partner of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund.

From where I stand: “I want to change the perception on women working in the security sector and build women up”

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Major Enas Abu Anzeh, 39, heads the Women's Affairs section in the JCD and is the highest-ranking woman in the Directorate. She is working to implement the JONAPwithin the JCD and to advance women's participation in the security sector. Her efforts contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which promotes women’s participation in peacebuilding, and SDG 5, which seeks to empower all women and girls, and promote their access to leadership and decision-making positions in all areas.

From where I stand: “It’s time to empower women and ensure their participation in peace and security processes”

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Lt. Col. Maha Al Nasser, 48, is the Director of Women’s Affairs with JAF. She is utilizing her position to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the military through the JONAP on UNSCR 1325. Her efforts contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which promotes women’s participation in peacebuilding, and SDG 5, which seeks to empower all women and girls, and promote their access to leadership and decision-making positions in all areas.

From where I stand: “The key to my success was taking away the shame of asking others for help”

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Eman Salam, 55, is a certified nurse who runs her own charities, and a professional mentor through the Mowgli 'Mentoring for Success' programme. With the generous support of the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis, UN Women and Mowgli are providing 200 Syrian and Jordanian women with the opportunity to build their confidence and enhance their professional and personal development through mentorship.

From where I stand: “I am far more confident at the prospect of beginning the process”

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Haneen Hussen, a 22-year-old Jordanian social science graduate, has been partnered with a professional mentor through the Mowgli 'Mentoring for Success' programme to kickstart her own business in Shobak, a community which hosts a number of Syrian refugees in Jordan. With the generous support of the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis, UN Women and Mowgli are providing 200 Syrian and Jordanian women in Jordan with the opportunity to build their confidence and enhance their professional and personal development through mentorship. Enabling women like Haneen to start a business and enhance their resilience to overcome societal, psychological and gender-related hurdles that prevent them from creating and growing sustainable long-term employment.

From where I stand: “I am a female Community Leader raising women’s awareness and advocating for their rights.”

Monday, July 29, 2019

Azraq Refugee Camp is home to 35,709 Syrian refugees, with one in four households headed by women. Torfah Ahmad utilizes her position as a female Community Leader to advocate for women’s issues and the rights of Syrian refugees. In 2016, UNHCR set up women’s committees within the four villages of Azraq Camp, Ahmad is one of six female Community leaders and has been successfully re-elected by her district for the past three years.

From where I stand: “I have the eternal belief that education is the nucleus of empowering communities”

Thursday, June 20, 2019

At 50, Fatima Alhaj has finally found the confidence to overcome the pain of her past. A Syrian refugee living in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan since 2016, she regained her sense of purpose after joining UN Women’s Incentive-based Volunteer programme as a literacy teacher, where teaching and writing are her catharsis.

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