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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 finally found the value that I need in my life to succeed.”

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Deep within the rural community of Karak lies the town of Taibeh, where 39-year-old Mona Ahmed Alqkla, found a safe place for her family seven years ago after fleeing the conflict in Dara'a, Syria. She had never found an opportunity to work, until now. She recently joined the incentive-based volunteer programme as a tailor in the Oasis Centre in Taibeh, which was launched by the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with UN Women in March 2019.

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.

From where I stand: “I was the one who had to pick up all the pieces.”

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Falha Abrabo arrived at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan after fleeing Syria in 2012. Shortly thereafter, her husband had a severe stroke, which left her in the position of becoming the sole provider for her family. She found a livelihood opportunity teaching adult literacy sessions to other women through the incentive-based volunteer programme at UN Women’s Oasis Centre, which builds women’s resilience and empowerment.

From Where I stand: ‘We are a group of men who are ready to rise up against gender-based violence, stand up for women’s rights and spread the message to others.’

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Ziad El Hawaja, a Syrian refugee and advocate for the elimination of gender-based violence, is using his voice as a tool to stand up for women in the Za’atari Refugee Camp. Hawaja is an active participant in regular awareness sessions organized by UN Women and the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD)...

From where I stand: “Be strong, don’t give up and unleash your potential.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Manal Barham, 35, led most of her life balancing with her role as a wife and a mother, she never believed she would have the chance to become the working woman she had always dreamt of becoming. In 2018, Bahram enrolled in the beautician and project management courses provided by the Jordanian National Forum for Women (JNFW) in partnership with UN Women and with the generous support of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund. Now, Bahram is an enthusiastic owner of her own thriving home-based salon in Hashmi Shamali, East Amman.

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...

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.

From where I stand: “With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

At 47, Emm Ali has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp.

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