Gender Justice Unit

Development & Human Rights



Empowering vulnerable people means to expand their ability to make strategic life choices in a context where this ability has been previously denied to them (Naila Kabeer, The Power to Choose)

Why We Exist:

Gender equality and the empowerment of vulnerable people are critical components of ARDD-Legal Aid’s mandate to actively contribute as a civil society organization to a just and stable society, free of inequity and conflict. ARDD-Legal Aid is committed to work towards fostering the full potential of all women, men, boys and girls, as well as addressing the root causes of gender inequality among the populations we serve in Jordan and in the region.

What We Do:

The Gender Unit provides analysis and advises on priority areas of intervention where ARDD-Legal Aid can make a positive contribution as a civil society organization to empower vulnerable people through its programmes.

ARDD-Legal Aid’s approach to gender pays particular attention to the legal, economic, and social vulnerabilities of the men and women we serve. It relies on active learning and reflection from our own work and from best practices in the field and seeks to facilitate opportunities for incorporating this learning through our work and programming as well as to disseminate it among interested partners at local, regional, and international levels.

Finally, the gender unit works in collaboration with all other units in order to enhance ARDD-Legal Aid’s organizational capacities relating to gender and ensure the quality of ARDD-Legal Aid’s work through better considering and responding to the particular situations and needs of men, women, girls and boys served by our organization

Objectives and Goals

The Gender Unit works to promote gender equality and towards the empowerment of vulnerable people through:

Enhancing Access to Justice among vulnerable people 

Increasing women's participation in decision making

Enabling women’s participation in the Public Sphere

Preventing, Identifying and and Responding to SGBV and GBV