Jordan: Preserving Heritage - Youth Council Members in Action

Added on:  23-May-2015

Kerak, 23 May 2015. The Kerak local Youth Council launched the initiative “Karak, a touristic city.which aims at preserving touristic spots clean in order to boost tourism in the Karak governorate. The launch took place in the spectacular setting of the Karak Castle - the largest and the most-preserved Crusader Castle in the Middle East.

On this occasion, passionate youth members presented the results of the recent cleaning campaigns implemented in the five main touristic spots of the Karak Governorate. We will not stop here. We will keep on working for a better Karak. Affirmed Shahed Al-Tarawneh, the Council’s local spokeswoman. More than 80 representatives from Karak civil society attended this event, which has been enriched by a bazar organized inside the castle in collaboration with twelve associations to promote local products.

The initiative helps Jordanian young women and men to take ownership of their national and individual economic prosperity. UN Women partnered with Youth for Youth Association to support the participation of youth in local youth councils at the district level. Youth councils collaborate with the local community to identify and implement low cost projects that are relevant in the local context.

The Spring Forward for Women programme 2012-2016 aims to advance the economic empowerment of women in the Southern Mediterranean region and to assist them to reposition themselves in the political and decision-making spaces so that they may have greater influence in shaping the future of their countries in the on-going democratic transition while protecting their previous gains. The project is financed through a contribution of € 7 million from the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) and of € 1.2 million from the UN Women.

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