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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.

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.

Weaving a close-knit community

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Mohammed Al-Shibli and Ismail Al-Waked are utilizing their skills to build a community where women are empowered to overcome the barriers in their way. Both actively participate in the regular awareness sessions organized by Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) in partnership with UN Women, in the ‘Oasis Centers for Resilience and Empowerment of Women and Girls’.

Call centre training boosts self-confidence and nets women jobs

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Safa al-Afeer and Raghad Khaled dreamed of becoming successful career women after graduating from university, but their paths to employment didn’t go quite as planned. Al-Afeer and Khaled had almost lost hope of finding work, everything changed when they enrolled in a Call Centre and Customer Service Training provided by Education for Employment (EFE-Jordan), in partnership with UN Women.

UN Deputy Secretary-General meets women leaders in Jordan to discuss opportunities to promote gender equality towards 2030

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) visited the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 8-10 December. In collaboration with UN Women, she had the opportunity to meet women leaders and youth activists to discuss challenges and opportunities in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in Jordan.

No limits for women's rights: the ambitious goal of a volunteer with UN Women in Jordan

Sunday, December 8, 2019

During her experience as a national UN Volunteer with UN Women for almost a year, Natalie Nustas has seen firsthand the countless challenges faced by women in both the private and public sphere. She’s also seen the life-changing impact of empowering women to have a voice, opportunities for work, and hope.

Women peace building pioneers

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Living and working in Ain Al Baidha area in the far south of Jordan, Lina Al-Maabra’s goals and achievements in her volunteer work all align under one belief: ‘when the teaching profession transcends the boundaries of the textbook, and when a woman is both a teacher and a builder of generations, the future and dreams of young people bloom.’ Lina, 31, works in a centre providing education and rehabilitation services to persons living with disabilities.

Volunteers pushing the boundaries

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Tayma Feisal is no stranger to taking on challenges and opportunities to grow in her community. In June 2019, she joined the Jordanian Civil Defense Volunteers team, going through a rigorous training and learning how to intervene in the event of major natural disasters, incidents, or emergencies that may require expertise in providing basic medical assistance and rescue services.

Taking steps and leaps to tackle gender inequalities

Monday, September 16, 2019

The GFP-run ‘Maharati’ Programme is teaching young women about social cohesion, participation and leadership by engaging women through sports and life-skills activities, to enhance gender equality and women’s empowerment. In close partnership with UN Women, the programme will reach 300 public schools and 200 youth centres across Jordan by the end of 2019.

Strengthening resilience, investing in passion: Zonta International Foundation and UN Women empower women across Jordan

Sunday, August 18, 2019

From 28-31 July, on their first official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, four members of a delegation headed by Susanne von Bassewitz, President of Zonta International Foundation, gained first-hand insight into UN Women’s work and witnessed the opportunities that are being provided to women through continuous support from the Zonta International Foundation.

Mentoring programme pairs budding Syrian and Jordanian entrepreneurs

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

When 22-year-old social science graduate Haneen Hussen used to dream about starting her own business, she would get excited, then quickly discouraged when remembering the reality of the business landscape in her rural community of Shobak, in western Jordan. That is until she met Eman Salam on the Mowgli Mentorship programme...

Photo essay: Syrian women in Jordan share stories of war and hope

Thursday, June 20, 2019

From refugee camps to urban settlements and rural communities, Jordan has provided refuge to more than 1.3 million Syrians since 2011. 1 Eighty-six per cent of Syrian refugees live below the poverty line and half of the refugee population are women and girls . 2  In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis Centre in the Za’atari refugee camp as a safe space for...

Finding a new rhythm in life

Monday, May 20, 2019

To provide women with a safe space where they can escape, bond and deal with the trauma they’ve experienced as survivors of gender-based violence, the JWU is using music as a tool for empowerment and stress relief. Over the course of six months, 20 women accessing the hotline or the Centre’s protection services will follow two weekly two-hour musical therapy sessions, as well as practical and theoretical musical training sessions. Women are selected on the basis of interest and most have no prior musical background.

Stitching together a new life: women entrepreneurs kickstart their own businesses in Za’atari and Azraq

Monday, May 6, 2019

Safiyah Abd El Ghafar and Duha Adnan are among the 43 per cent of Syrian refugee female-headed households in Jordan. To provide a livelihood for their families, these two women utilized the skills and business capacities they acquired at UN Women’s Oasis Centre to start their own micro-businesses.

Lana’s Story: Breaking the Mould

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Lana had been shy throughout her childhood, even hesitating to answer questions or participate in class. But now, she has grown and begun to find her voice – and she intends to use it.

Meet the Syrian women taking the big LEAP

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Nestled in the heart of Jordan’s sprawling Za’atari refugee camp, Rania Mansour sweeps the locks of hair off the floor of her home beauty salon and wipes down the salon chair, which she has carefully preserved since it was provided to her by UN Women. It’s a special business-starting gift that students were awarded after completing the cosmetology training as part of the cash-for-work programme at UN Women’s Oasis Centre.   Mansour, 35, entered the beautician...

Women of Al-Hasa grab the wheel to drive the initiative of change for women’s access to transportation and daycare facilities

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Himmitkum Association is a local non-profit organization funded and established by the women of Al-Hasa, a remote area located a two-hour drive South of Amman. Its members have been working to address some of the socio-economic challenges faced by women living in the village, including the lack of local transportation services and daycare facilities.

Women’s centres in Jordan support refugee and Jordanian women

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Arab Women’s Organization (AWO), a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, runs two women’s centres to respond to the unmet needs of women and girl survivors of violence; serving both Syrian refugees and the local Jordanian community.  

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