ARDD launched the “Tools of Knowledge: Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in Jordan” toolkit
Amman - 11 December 2017: In its effort to combat violence against women and girls, Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development - ARDD held a launching event for the “Tools of Knowledge: Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in Jordan” toolkit, as part of the Know Her Rights project.
“Tools of Knowledge” contains guidelines to confront violence against women and girls (VAWG) in order to foster a gender-sensitive culture and eliminate VAWG in the government, media, education, and health sectors of Jordanian society. The toolkit is comprised of five chapters, the first detailing the legal framework, and its gaps, as they exist in Jordan. It looks into laws and their impact on the gender gap, the culture of silence surrounding domestic violence, honor, unfulfilled rights, and patriarchal gender norms. The following four chapters grapple with the aforementioned sectors of Jordanian society, and offer recommendations to those in the field to evaluate, and eliminate, their contributions to VAWG.
Stakeholders from the government, media, education sector, and civil society were sought out in the months-long consultation process to create the toolkit, but it was ultimately constructed with beneficiaries and recipients in mind. By using easy-to-understand, simple language, and avoiding technical terms, the toolkit’s contents and lessons will reach the largest possible number of people.
Opening remarks were delivered by the CEO of ARDD, Samar Muhareb, the Know Her Rights project consultant Nuha Mahreiz, and closing remarks were delivered by Amal Haddadin the representative of JNCW.
In addition to the launching of the toolkit, Women’s Rights Activist, Ms. Dima Karadsheh, presented on understanding the current status of VAWG in Jordan and achievements at the legal and social levels, and Management and Education Specialist, Dr. Khaleda Massarwah, presented on the best use for the “Tools of Knowledge” toolkit in the education sector.
An open dialogue discussed actions and recommendations to move forward in creating a society supportive of gender justice and absent of VAWG. The dialogue aimed to generate discussion on the best use of the toolkit and foster a positive transformation in support of women and girls at all levels of society.
The two-year Know Her Rights Project aimed to provide a social environment for the empowerment of women and girls so that they may live a life free of sexual and gender-based violence. Through the participation of all relevant social actors, the project aimed to set the most urgent priorities to prevent VAWG in Jordan and create long-term change at the institutional and community level.