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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.

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.

International Women’s Day 2020: sparking intergenerational dialogue through movies and taking a stand in self-defense sessions

Thursday, March 12, 2020

This year, in collaboration with the Royal Film Commission, UN Women opened the doors of its Oasis Centers in the Azraq and Za'atari refugee camps to the 8th edition of the Women’s Film Week. Held under the esteemed patronage of HRH Princess Basma bint Talal – UN Women goodwill ambassador, the initiative offered a unique opportunity to Syrian refugees to learn and be inspired by the stories of women champions from the past, as well as the pioneering efforts of new generations of women’ rights advocates around the world.

Empowering women through innovation and technology

Thursday, March 12, 2020

UN Women and the World Food Programme, in collaboration with IrisGuard, are using technological innovation to advance women's economic empowerment through blockchin technology to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women’s cash for work programmes at the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan.

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.

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)...

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.

Over 100 young women from Amman and Zarqa graduate from professional development trainings to access the labour market

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Held under the esteemed patronage and at the presence of the Minister of Labor, H.E. Mr. Samir Murad, Education for Employment (EFE-Jordan) in partnership with UN Women and with the generous support of the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis (the"Madad Fund") and the Governments of Japan and France, organized a graduation ceremony for 100 women who benefitted from job training and job placement and career direction, programmes in late 2018. ...

Commemorating the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2018 Campaign, in Jordan.

Monday, December 10, 2018

This year, UN Women Jordan, partners, NGO’s, CSO’s and the Jordanian public joined efforts to inspire social mobilization through a host of public events and activities in the country for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign under the theme " Speak Up… Harassment is a Crime.” The 16 day campaign commenced on the 25 th November and ran to the 10 th December,  with over 300 dedicated awareness raising activities and related initiatives...

“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...

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

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.

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