The project’s general objective was to mobilize local actors in order to promote women's participation in local councils, in Irbid Governorate (Jordan), especially in Al Koura, Al Qasaba and Bani Kinaneh Districts. This field project was formulated as a result of the mobilization pilot action which Building Bridges Association (BBA) developed as the leader of the local cluster of gender equality actors© in Jordan - cycle 1.
Between September 2016 and January 2017, BBA conducted various activities:
-A two days training addressed to 9 local NGOs for designing community initiatives in cooperation with municipal councils’ members, the media and private sector’s entities, including a session on the concept of social responsibility;
- Development of 3 community initiatives aimed at promoting leading women as role models through videos and testimonies, and raise women’s awareness on their political rights;
- A session to review the community initiatives’ implementation and share lessons learned with BBA’s team;
- A final event which involved the initiatives’ implementers, BBA members, some municipalities’ councils, local NGOs, the media and private sector’s representatives where the project’s main findings were presented.
Thanks to the project’s support, several women have demonstrated how economic empowerment have changed their life at private and public level, and how they became independent and acquired new skills (leadership, decision-making, communication, interest for elections).
One of success stories of a women who has had positive impacts in the public life is Nariman Rusan who was the first woman from Irbid Governorate to become a parliament member, and to represent her community. Iman Al Jaml and Oum Malik who have initiated their own business (soaps and mushrooms’ production…) have succeeded in changing men’s perceptions on women’s role in the economic and political life. Some of these women plan to be candidates in the next local elections.
Through highlighting the advantages of women’s economic empowerment, and most importantly, at political level, the project has managed to inspire the targeted women to participate as well in the public life in their local communities.
BBA’s project is framed in the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors” of the "Women of the Future in the Mediterranean" project, coordinated by the IEMed. Axis 1 is financed by the Priority Solidarity Fund of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and is in synergy with the project "Developing Women Empowerment", labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.
For more information:
Interview with Haifa Haidar, Building Bridges Association’s President, to introduce the project
This platform is part of the Axis 1 “Strengthening the capacities of equality actors” of the Priority Solidarity Fund “Women for the future in the Mediterranean” funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women’s Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.