UNDP organizes the first National Consultations on Gender Justice in JordanAug 30, 2016
Under the patronage of his Excellency Dr. Bassam Talhouni, Minister of Justice, UNDP organized the first National Consultations on Gender Justice in Jordan to discuss & review different laws and policies targeting gender with a focus on the gender based violence.
Those consultations came as a result of a comprehensive study UNDP regional office commissioned on laws, policies and practices related to Gender Justice with particular attention to gender-based violence (GBV) in the Arab States. The study is to be used to inform effective gender justice programming to combat GBV in the Arab States Region. The study aimed to assess how women’s access to justice can be strengthened through reforms to laws and policies, changes to law enforcement practices and initiatives to expand access to justice, while protecting and fulfilling the human rights of women and girls.
The consultations aim at achieving a more unified programs with regard to justice, community security, economic and political participation in order to promote justice in relation to gender equality in Jordan. It will also focus on reviewing the different laws and policies on GBV to get better overview of current GBV responses including by providing access to justice to those affected by GBV.
In his welcoming speech; Dr. Bassam Talhouni said that the Jordanian government represented by the Ministry of Justice has worked hard to show its commitment to improve women's access to justice services, including those related to violence. He also added the government is aware that there are a number of challenges and gaps but they are currently working hard to overcome such challenges.
Talhouni said he hopes that the national consultations can come up with strong recommendations to mainstream gender justice in all the services, laws and policies.
In her part, Dr. Zena Ali Ahmad- UNDP Country Director- commended on the significant improvement of gender justice in the Kingdom, particularly in relation to the political participation of women. Dr. Ahmad said that there are still a number of challenges as the ability of women in decision-making is still aa constraint by the duality of complex ranging between laws, social customs and traditions.
She also said that UNDP closely with the Ministry of Justice is working to enhance community security services and access to justice, and improve local capacity to prevent crime and violence, while expanding access to justice through sustainable legal aid service delivery at the local level, with a focus on gender justice which is an important pillar of achieving comprehensive and sustainable development in Jordan.
The workshop discussed different important and interactive topics, such as:
- Status of Gender Justice and Violence against Women
- Jordan legislation and Women’s political participation
- Labor Law and Women’s economic participation
- Criminal Cases and the Penal Code
- Personal Status Law
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