The “Women Access to Justice (WAJ)” project aims to build on women’s human capital, facilitate their access to the legal system, and secure fair outcomes. The project addressed the gaps in legal justice by informing women on their rights and entitlements as citizens through sessions meant to empower them and connect a wide variety of stakeholders.
WAJ Phase II was implemented in partnership with Oxfam GB and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The project was implemented from April 2011 till March 2014 (35 months) in Zarqa and Amman and targeted Jordanian and Syrian refugee women while disadvantaged women face multiple and interconnected levels of vulnerability and suffering, particularly in regards to their fair and equitable access to the legal system in their respective countries.
Legal empowerment, stress management, and leadership sessions, and psychosocial support are some components of the project’s holistic approach to increasing women’s access to justice. Awareness of their rights and the confidence to demand them are key outputs of the project. These tools are vital to sustaining change as they fundamentally realign the legal protections and rights at women’s disposal.