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ARDD concludes Phase II of the “Women’s Access to Justice” project

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Amman- 20 November 2017 : Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development - ARDD in partnership with Oxfam GB, held a closing event for Phase II of the Women’s Access to Justice (WAJ) project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

The event, on November 20th, presented the closing recommendations and outcomes for the WAJ II project, which aimed to reduce the vulnerability and suffering of disadvantaged women among refugee and host communities. The event was attended by representatives from the government and judiciary system, along with representatives from local and international organizations, stakeholders, and media. Two panel discussions addressed the status of women’s access to justice from the perspectives of civil society and the justice sector alike.

The first panel, “Civil Society: A Way Forward for a Supportive System for Women’s Access to Justice” discusses the state’s efforts in women’s and human rights issues, the costs and socio-economic challenges associated with seeking justice. Jordanian Government Coordinator for Human Rights, Basel Tarawneh, Member of Jordanian Parliament, Wafaa Bani Mustafa, Consultant for ARDD’s WAJ II project, Nuha Muhreiz, and Journalist Rana Alhusseini were the panel speakers.

The second panel titled “Justice Sector: Facilitating a Supportive Environment for Women’s Access to Justice,” focused on the root causes that prevent an enabling environment within the court system, gender sensitivity in policy making, the effect of court procedures and their costs on women, and the juristic perspective on Jordanian personal status legislation. The consultant of the Jordanian Supreme Judge Ashraf Al-Omari, Senator Fedaa Al Hmoud, President of the Center for Women’s Studies, Abeer Al Dababneh and SIGI Jordan lawyer, Enaam Asha led the discussion on these topics.

WAJ II implemented a holistic approach that combined legal, psychosocial, and financial empowerment, in addition to capacity building and community engagement, to facilitate legal system access and just outcomes for beneficiaries in Amman and Zarqa governorates. It built upon WAJ I (2011-2014) by continuing to provide women in the MENA region with the tools to reduce vulnerability and suffering by securing just outcomes and verdicts. Phase II expanded on prior programs in Jordan and Lebanon and introduced new programming in Egypt and Yemen, to create change at the individual, community, regional, and national levels. 

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