Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Change Makers Update

Political and Civic Participation Unit

LANA, or “Ours” in Arabic, is a regional project with the main objective of women and men rejecting all forms of discrimination that give rise to gender inequality, contributing to a more equal, violence-free and democratic society in the MENA region. LANA’s specific goal is that women in targeted communities of Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq enjoy increased participation and decision making within the private and public sphere. ARDD-Legal Aid is in charge of implementing this project in selected communities in Jordan, particularly within the municipality of Zarqaa and East Amman.

During the next two years; LANA project is expected to increase women’s meaningful participation in the way decisions are made in their homes, community, and wider society (the private and public spheres) with the aim of promoting gender equality. To achieve these goals; LANA project will recruit, mobilize and train change makers (CMs) from both genders, who come from diverse age groups, backgrounds, and even careers, to be our allies and partners in achieving the project’s goals.

On Wednesday, August 19th, LANA Team conducted a community mobilization session in ARDD-Legal Aid’s offices in Zarqaa; the session attracted a total of 77 men and women. The main goal of the session was to explain more about the project, clarify the role of a change maker and the main goals of the project.  After the session ended, the team met separately with the audience; the feedback garnered was very positive, and the wise majority enquired more about the details of the project as well as about the upcoming activities.


The first training session was held on Thursday, August 20th, the session kicked off with an in-depth introduction of the LANA project; in which the preliminary elements of civic engagement were introduced to the trainees. This was conducted in an interactive and participatory manner that sought to identify issues of public concern and the sense of personal responsibility as an essential part of the community.

The LANA team was delighted to have Ms. Yousra Marakish, Mr. Hani Al-momani and Mr. Hussain Al-dahmsheh with us on this training, knowing that these people have been long standing partners to the LANA project in which they attended the training that was held in Lebanon “Change Makers model” and have supported LANA project from its beginning.

During the first week of September, three introductory trainings will be developed by LANA Team for other three groups of change makers; more detail will come along as future sessions are conducted.


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