Italy and UN Women join forces with Jordan to advance women’s political engagement in the Country

From the left: Mr. Nicolas Burniat, UNWomen Representative to Jordan, H.E. Mr. Luciano Pezzotty, Ambassador of Italy to Jordan and Mrs. Roxane Weber, AICS Amman Head of Office, in charge since September 1, 2023.

Amman – The Italian Government and UN Women signed a 2 million euro agreement to implement the “Women’s Effective Engagement in Shaping the Future of Jordan’s Political Life” project, in a significant step towards promoting gender equality and enhancing women’s participation in shaping the future of Jordan’s political landscape.

Funded through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), the overall goal of the project is to support Jordan’s efforts in creating an enabling environment for women’s effective political, economic and social engagement through a legislative system, policies, practices and perceptions that entrench social justice and provide equal opportunities for women.

To reach these objectives, the focus will be on strengthening both institutional and political actors. The project aims to involve a diverse set of stakeholders and social groups so to advocate for political and legal reforms, gender equality and women empowerment. Political parties and actors will be accompanied in the application of gender mainstreaming policy. In addition, crucial attention will be given to social norms and how the role of media improves the perception of women’s role in Jordanian political life. Finally, gender equality and women empowerment will be advocated for through awareness campaigns aimed at strengthening evidence on women’s political participation and leadership.

Nicolas Burniat, UN Women Jordan Country Representative, stated, “We believe that when women are empowered and actively engaged in political processes, societies thrive. This partnership with Italy marks a crucial milestone in our collective journey towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in Jordan. By combining our strengths and expertise, we are confident that we can drive meaningful change and create an environment where women’s voices are not only heard but also influence the future of the nation.”

H.E. Mr. Luciano Pezzotti added “The Italian government is committed to supporting the empowerment of women and girls around the world. We believe that women and girls are essential to building a more just and inclusive society. This initiative, which is funded by the Italian government, will help to promote the participation of women in political life in Jordan. By providing training and support to women candidates and political leaders, we can help to create a more level playing field and ensure that women have a voice in the decision-making process.”

For the new Head of Office of AICS Amman, Mrs. Roxane Weber  “the signing of the Agreement reflects the commitment of Italy to create a lasting impact by breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for women to participate effectively in Jordan’s political life. Through joint efforts, innovative strategies, and unwavering dedication, the partnership aspires to contribute to a more inclusive and representative political landscape that truly reflects the diverse aspirations of Jordanian society.”

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