Who We Are

Gender justice and women’s issues lie at the heart of Oxfam’s work and we take pride in our gender-sensitive approach to humanitarian and development interventions.

Oxfam began working in Jordan in the early 1990’s, long before the flare-up of the Syria crisis. Efforts then largely focused on partnering with civil society to improve women’s livelihoods and transformative leadership.

Following the Syria crisis

our work expanded to provide essential humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees as well as vulnerable Jordanians, all while continuing to promote more sustainable solutions to the challenges of the protracted crisis.

Today, while humanitarian assistance continues to be a priority in the areas of emergency water, sanitation and hygiene, Oxfam has expanded its priorities to working with local organizations in communities across the country to build longer-term, sustainable infrastructure to support economic development and gender justice.

Why gender? Why Women’s Rights? Why Equality?

Women and girls encompass half of the population across the world; in other words, half of its potential.

However, every day, in every country, women continue to face inequality and discrimination. Women are underrepresented in the workforce, in boardrooms, in public spaces and at all levels of political representation meaning, the policies that are born from these spaces are designed lacking a genuine women’s perspective.

Inequalities faced by girls often begin right at birth

where in many regions around the world, simply having a girl as opposed to a boy is deemed shameful. This inferiority continues to follow girls throughout every corner of their social, academic, professional and adult lives.

As a result, women face harassment, violence, abuse and unequal treatment – both within and outside the home.

They’re often denied their rightful opportunities to learn, to earn and to lead.

In other cases, women who enter the workforce are still expected to carry out the bulk of household chores and responsibilities like caring for loved ones, raising children, and managing chores like cooking and cleaning.

In poverty-stricken communities, women are often the majority and the hardest hit. They have fewer resources, less power and less influence compared to men. This inequality is often exacerbated as a result of social class, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age and patriarchal social norms.

Gender inequality is a key driver of poverty. And a fundamental denial of women's rights.

We believe that countries, communities and economies win when women are empowered to be the agents of change within their respective societies.

Meaningful change in the areas of economic development and addressing poverty are maximized when gender inequality is addressed at its root.

of Arab women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime (with indicators that the percentage could be much higher as a result of under-reporting)

women survivors of violence refrain from asking for support or protection.

the percentage of recent survey respondents indicating that emotional & physical abuse during the lockdown (as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic) had increased

the number of women in Jordan who faced any sort of domestic violence that didn’t report for fear of repercussions.

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