From its title, the project “Empowering Each Other” seeks to empower women by working on expanding women’s role in combating SGBV while recognizing the role of men as agents of change in supporting women. With more men engaged in countering SGBV and more women open to dialogue and in leadership positions, the people have a voice to articulate the issues they face in the community, offering long-lasting change.
In partnership with UN Women, the project is implemented in different phases since 2014. The first 4 phases targeted Za’atari and Azraq camps, whereas phases 5 and 6 target host communities in East Amman, Zarqa, Azraq, Tafilah, Karak and Ma’an in addition to the two camps. The project focuses on the formation of leadership roles among women in the targeted areas and promotion of the “HeForShe” campaign in order to empower both women and men to combat SGBV and gender discrimination.
The project offers different trainings to day-care providers in topics related to ‘Do no Harm’ Principles, Gender issues, Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting, and PSEA Code of Conduct in order to enable them to provide appropriate care in the centers. In addition to psychosocial support and training for men to be advocates for women in their community, the project supports initiatives to expand women’s role in civic engagement.
ARDD believes making women and men agents of change increases the potential for women to access justice and live with dignity in the camps, and thereby reinforces the ARDD commitment to democracy, development, and legal empowerment.