Expanding women's role in combating SGBV
About the Empowering Each Other Project
The prominence of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) is a trend across Jordan, impacting people from their daily lives to the formation of leadership that is worryingly absent among women. The Zaatari and Azraq camps in particular see a disparity in the power of women compared to men, which led to their selection as staging points for the Empowering Each Other project. The project offers daycare providers training, initiatives to expand women’s role in civic engagement, and promotion of the HeForShe campaign in order to empower both women and men to combat SGBV and gender discrimination.
Making women and men agents of change increases the potential for women to access justice and live with dignity in the camps, and thereby reinforces the ARDD commitment to democracy, development, and legal empowerment. The Empowering Each Other project is unique in that in the effort to empower women, men are also a focus as change makers, offering them psychosocial support and training to be advocates for the women in their community. This is a complement to the leadership and awareness training given to women.
With more men engaged in countering SGBV and more women open to dialogue and in leadership positions, the people have a voice to articulate the issues they face in the community, offering long lasting change.
This project is supported by UN Women.