Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

ARDD Highlighted in UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women Annual Report


            The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women recently released its 2017 Annual Report. This report highlighted efforts of NGOs partnering with the Trust Fund to reducing gender-based violence in numerous countries, and within the “Generating Achievements” section, The Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) was the entirety of the discussion on activities in Jordan. Specifically, the discussion referenced ARDD’s efforts as part of its Know Her Rights project to provide a toolkit titled: Tools of Knowledge: Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in Jordan.  The toolkit lays out Jordan’s legal framework regarding violence against women and demonstrates to activists and stakeholders how they can be leaders on combating both violence against women and girls (VAWG) and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The statement additionally discusses how the ARDD, in conjunction with the Jordan National Commission for Women (JNCW), held workshops that helped develop methods to implement this toolkit.

ARDD is proud to partner with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and is honored to be featured so prominently in its 2017 Annual Report.  The relevant excerpt from that report is available below:


Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) implemented a small UN Trust Fund grant in Jordan to build on earlier ground-breaking work, including a comprehensive review of Jordanian laws addressing sexual and gender-based violence. ARDD produced a toolkit for readers without a legal background which outlines in an accessible format Jordan's legal framework as it relates to violence against women. The toolkit was tested online and reviewed by experts in various fields, particularly those sectors the toolkit specifically targets, the government and the media, education and health sectors. The public launch of the toolkit took place in December 2017, hosted by the Jordan National Commission for Women. The event was attended by representatives from government, UNRWA, the newspapers al Rai and al Ghad, and other women's and civil society organizations. ARDD also organized a workshop with civil society organizations from different backgrounds to develop an action plan for implementing the toolkit. This action plan included awareness training, particularly for mothers; strategies to empower refugee women; specialized training for journalists on gender sensitivity in reporting and programming; and working directly with the Ministry of Education to better facilitate gender sensitivity in schools and among teachers.