About the Commission
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 (2013 – 2017) was endorsed by the cabinet in 2013.