Shurouq - Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence through Legal Protection and Civic Engagement
Shurouq, the Arabic word for “sunrise”, brings to mind the transition from darkness to light. The sunrise is a symbol of awakening and the breaking of a new days brings with it new opportunities. With each sunrise comes a new dawn in which improvement and enlightenment are possible.
As reflected in its name, the Shurouq project aims to illuminate the road to a better life for women by empowering and engaging them in combating gender-based violence (GBV) in their communities and to overcome the challenges and barriers that would otherwise darken their paths towards a life of peace and justice.
The project is funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and implemented by the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD). Enacted in the governorates of Amman, Irbid, and Zarqa, the project includes both Syrian and host community women above the age of 16 who are at risk of experiencing or may have experienced GBV. Complementing past and current projects carried out by ARDD and furthering our mission to increase the protection of vulnerable Syrian refugee and host community women in Jordan, the Shurouq project aims to enhance the prevention of and response to GBV.
The project employs high-quality legal awareness and aid services, psychosocial support group sessions, and civic engagement trainings to ensure that women and community members receive a comprehensive education of personal status laws, women’s rights, and prevention and response techniques. Adopting ARDD’s vision of inclusive intellectual and developmental change, the project approaches the issue of GBV on both the individual and community levels. By helping to empower women to be confident in advocating for themselves and by creating allies within their communities, great strides can be made in preventing and responding to gender-based violence. By disseminating the different skills in the target areas, communities will be equipped to be their own agents of change in the fight against GBV.