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Mar
03

Paying Electricity Bills makes Amjad’s Voice Heard: A Story from Ghour Al Safi

Jordan Valley Links training #EachForEqual

This is my third visit to Ghour Al Safi (South Jordan) to meet the women participating in the Gender Progress Markers (GPM) process (see previous blog on GPM). As in other districts of the Jordan Valley, Ghour Al Safi is an agricultural area in which women are usually working in their family’ farms and men are working either in agricultural careers or they join the military. Unlike the middle and the northern valleys, Ghour Al Safi is a very conservative area and the women there are facing different social and cultural barriers.  

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Sep
24

A conversation with my son: Early marriage in Jordan

Jordan - child marriage conversation

To mark Canada's first Gender Equality Week 2018, MEDA is highlighting important issues and voices around women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in the area of economic development. This is the first installment of our #EveryoneBenefits blog series. This is a conversation between one of our Jordan staff members and her son on the topic of child marriage. 

On a Saturday night, I was reading the National Report on Early Marriage Status in Jordan, going through all the surprising statistics made me so sad. Just like other kids, my 10 years old son – Obada - tends to rush through dinner as he usually can’t wait to get back to “hot wheels cars”. But looking at my sad face this time he stuck around to know what makes me feel depressed. When he asked I thought to listen to his opinion, his perspective and thinking about early marriage.

So, we had the following conversation:

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