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Arab Women Organization of Jordan (AWO)


The Arab Women Organization of Jordan (AWO) has been working for the recognition of women's rights as human rights since 1970. It has been spending tremendous effort to end discrimination and violence against women in a conservative patriarchal society, whereby the extreme religious leaders ally with the social tribal leaders to stand in the way of women's liberation. Throughout almost 50 years, AWO has advocated for legal and political reforms pertaining to women's rights that catalyze positive change and mobilize women to change current laws that violate the fundamental principles of human rights. AWO has accumulated experiences in the promotion of "Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls," Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals stated in the UN 2030 Global Agenda.

On the ground, AWO leads ongoing programs focusing on political and economic empowerment to upgrade livelihoods in local communities. AWO also provides free Gender Based Violence services to survivors (especially among Syrian women refugees), and builds coalitions of gender platforms at the local and international levels. The values and principles of human rights, especially gender equality and social justice, are the basic values of AWO programs that are implemented together with grassroots women's community-based organizations.



President: Randa Qsous
Teacher/General Secretary: Nawal Haddadeen
Vice President: Hanan Bakry

Last modified: 01/08/2019

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