What We Do

In Jordan, Oxfam works closely with women’s rights organizations and other civil society partners to tackle gender inequality in our ongoing global fight against poverty.

Hand in hand with Jordanian Women’s Union and Justice Centre for Legal Aid, we empower Jordanian and refugee women and girls to make their own life choices freely without fear, to take part in decision-making at the personal, household, community and national level and to ensure their practical needs and strategic interests are met.

While legislative improvements and policy improvements are celebrated – there remain significant opportunities to improve in these areas.

Oxfam believes that the transformation of gender relations as well as the structures, norms and values that reinforce these inequalities is critical to challenging inequality and ending poverty and. And it can only be achieved by putting women at the forefront of change.

We believe that women taking control and taking collective action are the most important drivers of meaningful and sustained improvements in women's rights and are a powerful force to end poverty. That’s why we:

Support women’s access to resources

 Support women’s access to equal opportunities in securing jobs and fair wages

 Support women’s decision making at all personal and professional levels

  Promote and support women in leadership

 Work to put an end to violence against women and girls

We’ve seen the difference that equal job opportunities, equal healthcare and education, equal decision-making power and freedom from violence can make. We’ve seen the difference when women and girls are empowered and exercise their agency.

Achieving gender justice is not only a matter of basic human rights. It’s also a key pathway to achieving fairer societies and overcoming poverty.

LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN: WOMEN IN JORDAN

“On the first day the full lock down was announced on March 18th, we had a serious case where a woman needed urgent and immediate shelter support. We tried our best to allow our staff to pick her up and bring her to the safety of a shelter, but it being the first day, there were no permits, no movement was allowed - essentially we weren’t allowed out of our homes.”

Read about how our local partners helped women in need during the Covid-19 lockdowns  

“When those at the bottom of the socio-economic ladders can’t access the justice system, you immediately create a cycle of oppression that pits people deeper into poverty and deeper into criminality. You can’t call that a justice system. It contradicts the very thing the system intends to serve.”

Read about how our local partners help locals living in poverty tear down socio-economic barriers to justice  

“I was hoping to buy the necessary equipment that would help me open a small place to sell larger quantities of food in the market near our neighbourhood. We had a full vision of what it would look like – I’d work on the food preparation while my husband would handle the cash register. And now, because I’m being forced to close the business because of the lockdown laws, we won’t be able to pay the rent. We can’t go anywhere. Everyone is petrified, you can sense the fear and frustration in the neighbourhood.”

Read Aisha’s story here  

In late 2019 Oxfam, together with our partner JCLA, developed ‘Justice for Huda’ – an interactive website that allows one to walk a mile in Huda’s shoes as she’s navigating divorce proceedings in Jordan.

Click here to learn more about Huda’s journey.   

Oxfam strived to bridge a visible gap of understanding to help guide interested visitors through the real-life barriers, frustrations, financial burdens and institutional roadblocks that women in the country are often confronted with when going through difficult divorce proceedings.

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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