The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands supports the continuous improvement of the human rights situation in Jordan. Although respect for human rights ranks high on the national agenda, Jordan still has to work hard to implement the desired changes. The positive stance of the Jordanian government on this issue has led to a more open society, allowing debate on many themes and in some cases improving laws. The Embassy benefits from this positive mind-set to support various awareness-raising and capacity building activities.
Believing in the role civil society organizations can play in promoting a pluralistic, free and just society, governed by the rule of law the Embassy is currently supporting the following projects.
Shiraka projects selected in 2016
- Enhancing the democratization process by increasing women in public participation
Implemented by: Arab Women Organization (AWO)
The project aims to contribute to the democratization process by promoting women participation in public life and to strengthen the capacity of women CBOs to push forward to end women underrepresentation as a way to support inclusive democracy
AWO will collaborate with women organizations affiliated to Mosawa Network; which is a national grassroots framework of 80 women NGOs, founded by AWO 10 years ago. Mosawa Network has been working in the different governorates to aggregate women efforts for women’s rights and gender equality in the context of inclusive democracy.
- Fostering Youth Civic Engagement and Community Activism through Social Entrepreneurship
Implemented by: INJAZ
By using the INJAZ program We Are Social Leaders (WASL) – implemented since 2010 – the project will motivate and build the social entrepreneurial capacity of over 250 young women and men in Irbid and Zarqa governorates. Jordanians between the age of 18 and 35 will work together to identify issues in their communities and develop social enterprises to address them. The project will help the students develop their social enterprises, assist them with financial and technical support and increase their chances of success.
Also, awareness-raising sessions (Generation Dialogue) will be conducted in universities that will bring together male and female students, social and traditional leaders. This action will engage emerging and existing leaders in an open dialogue and build alliances for collective actions towards community development.
Shiraka projects selected in 2017
- Demand-driven Job Placement and Self-Employment Training Programs for Sustainable Employment
Implemented by: Jordan Education for Employment (JEFE)
JEFE’s program aims at addressing youth unemployment and alleviate poverty in Jordan by delivering demand-driven job placement and self-employment training programs for marginalized youth. The program provides auto mechanics and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) training to youth from Amman, and micro-entrepreneurship training to youth from Tafila and Karak. Employment in the private sector will be sought for the graduates of the Amman program, while mentoring and seeds funding for the best 12 best business ideas in Tafila and Karak will be provided.
- Making Womenomics a community priority: Raising the legitimacy and desirability for women’s employment among local communities in Mafraq
Implemented by: JoWomenomics Organization
JoWomenomics’ project aims at making Women in Economics a community priority in Salhiya, Mafraq and Southern Shuneh/Balqa by offering capacity training and generating employment options for women from both locations. The project aims to raise the legitimacy of women’s employment in vocational jobs by working with local communities, raise the desirability of women’s employment in vocational jobs by working with the local women and lastly link graduates to job-offers through private partnerships and a partnership with the Ministry of Labor.
- Heritage Value as a Driver for Economic Growth through Participatory Community-based Tourism
Implemented by: Tarmeem Center for Preservation and Conservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage
The program is a sustainable tourism project that aims to invest in cultural and natural landscape mixed with the community’s tangible and intangible heritage. The project’s main components include the restoration and rehabilitation of the Al Matan Heritage Village, develop eco-lodges and create tourism routes. The transformation of Al Matan in a create tourism destination will be realized by means of an interactive cultural exchange model. This mode specifically addresses the role of heritage as a driver of sustainable economic growth and the importance of an active community in tourism development and management.
Human Rights Fund projects selected in 2015
- Advanced Arab Journalists Training
Implemented by: Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ)
The project provides most reliably productive and motivated journalists with new approaches and access to the international, regional and national-level data/resources to produce stories that will raise public awareness, support demands for accountability and raise the level of evidence-based reporting on critical issues such as the environment, human rights/gender equality, closed political groups and electoral fraud.
Human Rights Fund projects selected in 2016
- Expanding the Public Dialogue on Human Rights in Jordan through the Media
Implemented by: Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)
The project is designed to contribute to building a public culture of respect for human rights in Jordan, with a focus on freedom of expression, freedom of association, political rights and gender equality and to equip the Jordanian media with tools and skills to facilitate a more informed public dialogue about human rights issues.
Human Rights Fund projects selected in 2017
- Safeguarding the Rights of Detainees in Jordan
Implemented by: Adaleh Center for Human Rights Studies
Adaleh’s project aims to contribute to the prevention of torture practices in Jordan, through strengthening, supporting and developing the capacity of civil society in combating impunity and promoting accountability and the rule of law. Adaleh will invest in, among others, an improved legal framework and prepare and publish an annual monitoring report.
- Tactically Advocating for Equal Rights of Women
Implemented by: Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) - New Tactics in Human Rights MENA Initiative (NT)
This project seeks to support Jordanian CSOs and activists as they work to improve the rights of women in Jordan in a variety of aspects, such as economic rights, employment rights, and the right to bodily safety and security which require the design and implantation of tactical and strategic advocacy campaigns.
Training, coaching, and mentoring designed in the project will provide participants with new tactics to mobilize communities, help create open platforms with different stakeholders (officials, local community, CSOs), and address major violations of women’s rights. Up to 9 campaign action plans will be developed to address such violations. Small grants will be given to four campaigns to support implementation of their activities over the course of 10 months.
- A Private Sector Approach to Increasing Women’s Economic Participation in Jordan
Implemented by: Freedom House
Freedom House will work with large-scale Jordanian companies and key stakeholders to improve the workplace environment and legal framework, both of which permit discrimination against women. The project aims to generate broad-based support for workplace gender equality that will increase women’s employment and improve working conditions for women.
- Internet Freedom in Jordan
Implemented by: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law Inc.
This project aims to increase awareness concerning the legal Jordanian framework that governs the use of social media among the Jordanian civil society as well as to create a better understanding of the current and proposed laws that violate individual rights and limit engagement and personal expression online according to international law. ICNL aims to increase the legal knowledge among the civil society stakeholders so that they can influence public policy, including advocacy against any restrictions on internet freedom. The project should lead to a greater capacity and ability to use new tools related to internet freedom and cyber security among civil society representatives and online activists.
- From Principle to Practice: Understanding stereotypes that discriminate against women and pave the way for policy reform.
Implemented by: UN Women
The project will support the Government of Jordan and other national actors in the implementation of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) and will focus specifically on the CEDAW Committee’s observations with regards to the elimination of stereotypes that discriminate against women. The Government of Jordan (GoJ) has ratified the CEDAW with three reservations in 1992, resulting in continuous recommendations by the CEDAW committee that the GoJ has to take urgent matters to overcome gender stereotyped social attitudes. Gender stereotyping continues to be buttressed by discriminatory legislation that undermines the ability of women to obtain their human rights. UN Women will examine the impact of gendered stereotypes in the Jordanian context and will subsequently establish a network of national and international governmental and national institutions that will promote the limitation of the existence of gender stereotypes. Hereafter a gamification platform will be piloted to change attitudes concerning gender roles.
- Enabling Communities for Climate Change Adaption Planning: Understanding Gender Roles
Implemented by: West Asia – North Africa Institute (WANA)
The project aims at augmenting the capacity of civil society and youth in three climate change hotbeds of Jordan. The project comprises a set of interventions which will address a better understanding of climate change science and the ability to craft and deliver gender sensitive adaptation plans. The project will identify universities and environmental CBOs, who will be trained on gender mainstreaming in climate change, climate change mitigation, advocacy, campaigning etcetera. The students will engage in a competition to identify the best local modality to address climate change in their areas, while the CBOs will engage in a dialogue with local governments to place local adaptation needs on the public agenda.