Jordan

At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #121
Gender Inequality Index2 0.456
HDI Ranking3 #95
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 11%/12%
Women in Parliament ranking #109
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 7% (#78)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1974/1974

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Overview
GovernmentConstitutional monarchy
Total population6.5 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $5,900
HDI ranking3#95
Population under age 1535%
Urban population79%
Internet users38%
LanguagesArabic (official), English widely understood among educated classes

Indices Education & Employment Political Participation
Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 #121 Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 93% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 11%/12%
Gender Inequality Index2 0.456 Population with secondary education, female/male ratio 77% Women in Parliament ranking #109
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 2.9% (10.9%) Women at ministerial level (ranking) 7% (#78)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1974/1974
HealthQuotas
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 470 Quota type Reserved seats
Births per woman 3.1 Constitutional quota in lower house No
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 28 Electoral quota in lower house Yes
Voluntary political party quotas No

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Our Partner

Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 1998. Its founders include lawyers, jurists and human rights activists working to support and promote women's rights through education, skills training and modern technology. Its programs include the Human Rights Education Program based on the Arabic version of the training manual Claiming our Rights; the Combating Violence against Women and Girls Program based on the Arabic version of the training manual Safe and Secure; the Knowledge Partnership Program which provides ICT training; and the Cultural Events Program which highlights the experiences of women leaders. Read more >

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Reports & Updates
November 6, 2014 | Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Jordan
WLP Jordan/Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) held two seminars on the topic of violence against women on October 14th and October 21st in the Jordanian cities of Dhullail and Russeifa. A total of 69 women attended the seminars, including some who were refugees from Syria. The seminars, entitled “Women, Violence, and the Law” and led by Jordanian lawyer and activist Alaa Khasawneh, are part of an ongoing SIGI/J project begun in 2012, which targets local women as well as Syrian refugees.
August 8, 2014 | extremism, Human Rights, Human Rights Alerts, Iran, ISIS, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, women's rights, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon
**Interviews Available** CONTACT:  Catherine Harrington+1 240 752 9905  / charrington@learningpartnership.org                         
April 16, 2014 | Human Rights, Middle East, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine
On Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Rabat the regional Equality Without Reservation Coalition launched its renewed call for the lifting
April 16, 2014 | Bahrain, CEDAW, Equality without Reservation, Human Rights, MENA, Middle East, Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine
   Equality Without Reservation (EWR) is an campaign based in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region, consisting of 120 organizations from 17 Arab countries, advocating for the removal of all reservations to the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); ratification of the Convention’s Optional Protocol; and full implementation of the Con
April 10, 2014 | Leading to Action, Middle East, Leadership, Jordan
From January 30-February 3, 2014 WLP Jordan/Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) held the second phase of the MENA Regional Training of Trainers Institute in Women’s Leadership and Political Participation (TOT) in Amman, Jordan with participants representing organizations in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
December 10, 2013 | 2013 Events, Human Rights, Middle East, Egypt, Political Participation, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco
  This February WLP launches our inaugural online Forum: Identity, Gender, and Activism in the Middle East-North Africa An Interactive Online Discussion with Activists & Artists from the Region Wednesday, February 5, 2014 11:00 AM EST / 16:00 GMT
March 15, 2013 | Arab Caucus, csw 57, Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, violence against women, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine
**WLP joins partner organizations and others in the MENA region, and those from outside the region standing in solidarity for women’s full human rights, including the right to be free from violence, in the MENA region. The statement below was originally posted on here on the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies website.** 

Profile

Rima Khalaf Hunaidi

UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director / UNDP Regional Bureau of Arab States
Nationality:  Jordan
Profession:  Policy-maker
Languages Spoken:  Arabic, English
Area(s) of Expertise:  International Development
Country/Region of Expertise:  Jordan, Middle East
Rima Khalaf Hunaidi is Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS). As RBAS Director, Dr. Hunaidi oversees the publication of the UNDP Arab Human Development Report. Dr. Hunaidi has served as a Senator in the Upper House of Parliament, Jordan and a member of the Economic and Social Consultative Council. She has held other high-ranking positions in Jordan including Deputy Prime Minster, Minister of Planning, and Minister of Industry and Trade. Dr.
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