Decision-making and Leadership
Strengthening Women’s Economic Participation and Leadership in Jordan
This bilateral Jordanian-Danish project is aiming at strengthening women’s access to and participation in the Jordanian labour market. The in goal on a longer term is to strengthen women's economic participation and leadership. The project is a cooperation between KVINFO, Jordanian National Commission for Women, Jordanian Women’s Union, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Department of Statistics, Business Development Center, Nuqul Group, Statistics Denmark and several Jordanian and Danish Companies.
Women’s economical participation
The achievements of Jordan regarding women’s living conditions in general have improved over the last decades. Especially in the field of education, progress has been substantial and Jordan ensures a high level of gender parity in access to basic services, obtaining in fact, a longer course of education expectancy for women than for men. Despite this, the rate of female labour force participation is significantly low in Jordan. In 2008 women made up only 14.7% (2010 figures) of the labour force in the country.
Overall objectives of the project
In order to meet the challenges combined with the strengthening of women’s access to and participation in the Jordanian labour market the project has the following overall objectives:
To increase the employability of women and to improve the working environments for women as well as women’s opportunities to advance to leading positions
To secure that national plans and legislation are gender mainstreamed in order to ensure that Jordanian women benefit equally with Jordanian men
To increase the relevant stakeholders' capacity of using statistics as a tool and their understanding of the importance of gender indicators and sex disaggregated data for a gender-sensitive development process
The project is based on dialogue, exchange and cooperation between Jordanian and Danish institutions, private companies and civil society organizations. The project works through partnerships based on joint professional interests and knowledge, and a principal of equality between partners. Each partner benefits from the reflections, knowledge, and practices of the other. A key element in the project is to establish direct contact between different Jordanian and Danish organizations and companies around themes of common interest, in order for them to identify, plan and implement activities that will benefit both partners.
For more info about the partners see the links on the right.
For more info about this project
Cecilie Poulsen-Hansen Mehyar
Tlf: 50 76 33 69
A delegation comprising 8 Jordanians and 17 Moroccans visited Denmark between 10 and 14 November. Firstly, they visited Denmark’s second largest city. Following this, they went to the Danish capital Copenhagen to participate in the international conference “Women, local politics and equality in Denmark, Jordan and Morocco” hosted by the Women’s Council in Denmark.
When Jordanians went to the polls in 2007’s local elections, one candidate in particular stood out. Kawtar Abd-Allah Bakheet Al-Egweiri was a clear vote-winner (being the woman candidate who received most votes in the entire country) and was overwhelmingly elected onto the municipal council of Jordan’s third-largest city, Zarga.