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Rethinking Women’s Economic Empowerment in Jordan

Monday, March 5, 2018
Throughout the two year project ‘You Have a Chance’, ARDD conducted a research to produce an evidence-based report document that looked at ‘What constitutes economic opportunity for women living in conditions nearing poverty in Jordan?’ The study provides a snapshot of the living situation of 10 women residing in Aqaba and Balqa governorates with whom ARDD had been working with. The narratives, in their own words, describe the challenges the women face and the way they perceive legal and economic empowerment in light of these challenges. Through the lens of their experiences and aspirations, the paper analyzes some of the structural challenges that prevent them from fulfilling their aspirations, and provides recommendations at the policy level for those implementing women economic empowerment programs. Equally important, the paper argues for the need to reconsider current economic empowerment paradigms with regards to women in Jordan, and incorporates tenets proposed by feminist economics as a way to understand and break the cycle of impoverishment that woman in poverty context in Jordan face. 

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