Jordan: UN Women and Jordan River Foundation Start a New Milestone to Support Marginalized Women in Rural Areas

Added on:  03-Jun-2015

Al Salheiyah (Mafraq), 3 June 2015. Within the framework of the EU-funded Spring Forward for Women programme, UN Women and Jordan River Foundation – in collaboration with the Governorate of Mafraq – scaled up their programme support to marginalized women living in Al Salheiyah and Deir Al Kahf. The second phase of the programme will aim to enable marginalized and poor women in Jordan to run successful small projects of their own. The programme will engage new community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide training opportunities and technical assistance to help targeted women to access and manage revolving loans for their projects.

On this occasion, the Jordan River Foundation team presented the result achieved so far in the two targeted communities, which include more than 160 women beneficiaries who were empowered to successfully run their small income generating projects – such as food processing, trading, livestock production, planting and beauty salons.

"The Governorate of Al Mafraq is really satisfied from the results of this project. It is one of the most successful projects in the Governorate. It reached the most marginalized women, and they started to get income to their families, that led to the improvement in their economic status." Affirmed the[EA1]  Deputy Governor, Al Mafraq.

The Al Mafraq Governorate is situated in North-Eeast Jordan and it hosts a large number of poverty pockets. Women are particularly effected by the high rates of poverty and unemployment, which have been increasingly affected by the prolonged presence of Syrian refugees in the community.

“Women of Al Mafraq have become pillars of change and will be a model for all women all over the Kingdom. We are very proud of you." Affirmed Mr. Giuseppe Belsito, UN Women Jordan Representative.

The signing ceremony was attended by around 50 participants, including a representative from the European Union Delegation in Amman, local authorities, beneficiaries and representative of community based organizations active in the Governorate of Mafraq.

About Spring Forward for Women Programme

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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