Ishraqah: Increasing Awareness and the Provision of Legal Consultation for Women Subjected to Workplace Harassment, Discrimination, and Exploitation
“Harassment in the workplace cannot be viewed in isolation to other discriminatory and harmful workplace practices as it manifests in socio-cultural norms and becomes institutionalized in the workplace through gaps in the legal framework or in the law’s implementation.”
Silent Women Report published by ARDD in 2018
Through its work and various studies such as the ‘Analysing Women’s Access to Justice’ research paper, ARDD found that identity politics plays an important role in hindering women’s access to justice. The underrepresentation of women has led to policies that are inherently gender-discriminatory and fail to address the intersectionality of women’s issues.
Women’s worsening economic conditions pose a significant barrier to their access to justice: As they lack the economic means to contract a lawyer or pursue legal in light of the absence of nationwide framework that provides or regulates the provision of legal aid. Furthermore, most women are not aware of their legal labour and protection rights, which is another challenge that hinder women’s economic participation.
In response to the main challenges facing women engagement in the workplace, Ishraqah project seeks to enhance the legal and social protection of Jordanian and non Jordaniain women in refugee and host communities in East Amman, Zarqa, and Irbid through raising their legal awareness and providing the with legal consultation services.
Throughout the implementation of this project, ARDD will proactively support women subjected to labour violations, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or exploitation in the workplace in claiming their rights in the workplace and advocate for a gender- sensitive environment that will accordingly increase women’s economic participation.
The project will be implemented in partnership with the Embassy of France in Jordan from August 2020 till January 2021 and falls under ARDD’s legal aid and gender justice programs.