6 Promote gender equality and empower women

Where we are?


Political leadership in Jordan has placed special emphasis on women’s issues, seeking to improve their status and integrate them into various development projects. This leadership has also worked towards creating favourable circumstances for women’s education, capacity building and introduction into various aspects of employment, including those traditionally monopolised by males. Political leaders in Jordan have expedited the pace of political and legal reforms related to women’s rights, as is clearly reflected in the National Agenda, We Are All Jordan’ document, and the National Strategy on Jordanian Women. The following is a summary of objectives that have mainstreamed gender issues and women’s empowerment in the working programmes for political and social reforms:

• Enhance and intensify awareness programmes about the importance of the role of women, and educate women in particular on the need to become involved in public life as well as with NGOs;
• Work towards enhancing social attitudes that widen education choices available to women;
• Increase women’s contribution to economic activities and render women and men equal partners in development;
• Ensure the principle of equal opportunity in procedures for employment, promotion, and training at
public and private institutions;
• Develop programmes that ensure women’s political, economic and social empowerment;
• Increase women’s enrolment rates in education, rehabilitation and vocational training programmes;
• Enhance female representation in elected councils;
• Ensure increased involvement by women in official decision-making and policy-making positions; and
• Enhance representation of women in faculty and academic leadership positions at the university level.

Targets for MDG3
  1. Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
    • Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
    • Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
    • Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament