Second Phase “Planning for National Women Economic Empowerment Action Plan Begins”

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In continuation of the implementation of the first phase of the Women Economic Empowerment Action Plan (2019-2024) with the support of the World Bank Mashreq Gender Facility, the Jordanian National Commission for Women holds a series of webinars and meetings with partners from various ministries, official bodies and donors to discuss latest developments in the activities under implementation. Through these meeting, next phase activities will be identified in complementarity of current efforts, and in coordination among relevant official entities. These meetings come as part of the ongoing discussions and dialogues in cooperation with the World Bank Mashreq Gender Facility, which provides technical support to the Jordanian government's commitments towards enhancing the supportive environment for the economic empowerment of women and increasing the opportunities available to them. The next phase of the plan is consistent with the objectives of and indicators of the National Women Strategy in Jordan 2020-2025.

The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the Canadian and Norwegian government, through the Mashreq program, provide technical assistance to the three Mashreq countries (Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon) to enhance the economic empowerment of women and increase the opportunities available to them, as a catalyst for building more inclusive and sustainable societies at peace, in which economic growth benefits Everyone have to. Through cooperation with the private sector, civil society organizations and development partners, the facility supports government-led efforts, priorities at the country level, and regional and strategic activities aimed at: 1. strengthening an enabling environment with increased capacity for stakeholders to address constraints for women’s economic participation and 2. Improving women’s access to economic opportunities.

Program activities cover a period of five years (2019-2024) within the framework of three interrelated pillars: dialogue and participation - data and knowledge - innovation for results.

The Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women, Dr. Salma Al-Nims that the activities of the Mashreq program are in line with the national priorities and objectives that have been identified through national consultations for the National Strategy for Women in Jordan 2020-2025 and which the government approved last year. This includes “that more women and girls have equal opportunities to participate and lead in public life and in the labor market and enjoy economic independence in order to achieve their freedom of decision. The indicators of these goals have been linked with the indicators of relevant national strategies and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, including the fifth goal that aims at gender equality.

The implemented program's projects fall under several topics that address women’s economic empowerment and contribute to reaching the desired goals including: the care economy, a gender-responsive private sector, safety and security in the world of work, entrepreneurship, gender-responsive policy making and social norms supporting gender equality.

About JNCW

The Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) was established as a national machinery to promote women’s status in Jordan in accordance with the cabinet’s decision no 21/11/3382 in 1992. Chaired by HRH Princess Basma bint Talal, the Commission’s board includes representation of relevant ministers, civil society organizations and the private sector. JNCW seeks to ensure that Jordan complies with its national, Arab and international commitments, which aim at improving women’s status and their participation in sustainable development.

On September 21, 1996, the Jordanian cabinet designated JNCW as a national reference for all official entities and a representative of the Kingdom in all women-related issues and activities. The Commission’s tasks and responsibilities were identified along the following key themes:

· Mainstreaming women’s issues and priorities in national strategies, policies, legislation, plans and budgets.

· Monitoring discrimination against women and assessing progress vis-à-vis equality and equal opportunities.

· Advocacy for women’s issues and raising awareness on their role and participation in achieving national sustainable development.

Since 1993 and as a part of its mandate, JNCW leads the process of preparing and updating the National Strategy for Women in Jordan. JNCW has adopted a participatory method to review and update the strategy. The current National Strategy for Jordanian Women (2020 -2025) was endorsed by the cabinet in March 2020.

About Mashreq Gender Facility

The MASHREQ GENDER FACILITY is a World Bank/IFC initiative launched in Beirut in 2019, which provides technical assistance to the Mashreq countries to enhance women’s economic empowerment and opportunities as a catalyst towards more inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful societies, where economic growth benefits all.