Women’s Rights and Advocacy
equal rights are enshrined in the constitution and Jordan has
signed and ratified the major conventions of the rights of women.The
government actively pursues gender equity in many areas, including
the passing of relevant legislation and has committed to mainstreaming
gender. However, a significant gap still exists between the stated
legal and policy framework and the reality of daily life as experienced
by poor women.
ZENID has always encouraged the non-economic
role that women play at household and community levels. Women’s
reproductive and community roles provide the glue that holds the
family together. The women’s committees provide the Community
Development Centres of JOHUD with energy, resources and commitment.
The various programmes provided a channel for women to develop
leadership skills and to work to the benefit of other women in
the community. In many cases, rural women leaders have taken on
formal roles – as mayors, elected municipal representatives,
and heads of CBOs. They act effectively as local change agents.