Specific union for farmer women in Jordan
12ufj-5916 Lobbying for the defense of the rights of women farmers
Lobbying for the defense of the rights of women farmers to increase their participation and raise their level of living; make pressure on decision makers for representing women farmers to be equal to men in wages. The objectives of the project come out of the objectives of the specific union, which are: - Develop rural women to be equal to men and fight the rights of women and girls in rural communities in Jordan. - Empower women socially, economically and culturally - To rise women’s awareness. The project aims at making gradual change of women status in the rural communities from marginalized women who suffer poverty, unemployment and lack of awareness into educated women, effective in the community , empowered and able to change themselves and their families. women who are developed economically to change society's view and equal with men in wages. The expected results of the project: 1) equality between men and women farmlaborers in wages; 2) increase the proportion of women owning land; 3) increase the interest in the issues of women farmers and put their demands and needs on the national agenda at the level of Jordan. Main activities undertaken during the project: - lobby against the inequality of women laborers compared to men in wages; - lobby for the inheritance rights of women (for land e.g.); - expanding from 6 governorates to national level - encouraging economic activities; - encouraging rotative funds, micro finance and savings; - English course; - financial management course.
11ufj-5684 improving the standard of living for farmer women
Female entrepreneurship in Jordan has played an important role in changing public attitudes towards women. They have gained more respect inside their families, as they were considered more reliable, productive members of the family, for contributing to the family’s income. The position of women in the Jordanese workforce has grown at various rates during the past half century. Today, 14.9% of Jordanian women are employed in the workforce. Improvements have been significant regarding women’s ability to ascertain education and medical care, with their shares in terms of life expectancy and educational achievement being nearly equally distributed. However, the gain in economic and political participation and in some legal rights has lagged behind. Women are less likely to have their own wealth due, partially, to the prevailing inheritance law. For example, only 10.4% of women own real estate; males have the vast majority of agricultural land holdings, compared to a mere 2.7% of females being agricultural land holders. The Specific Union was established at the beginning of 2007 as a volunteer union and all of it’s members are farmer women. It was established because a lot of farmer women in all Jordan realised the hard circumstances and big difficulties that women face like: lack of occupations, poverty, low standard of living, violence, lack of awareness about family planning and lack of the use of agricultural land. The Specific Union of Farmer Women in Jordan is changing the stereotypical image of women and proves that Jordanian women are capable of participating in the social and economic development if they have the opportunity. Entrepreneurship raises the income in the family. Thanks to the Specific Union women meet and receive different trainings. The Specific Union of Farmer Women in Jordan started with 7 agricultural societies in Jarash and Ajloun. The 2011 project creates potential for a great diversity of economic activities by Jordan rural women to improve their standard of living. Economic empowerment and capacity building for rural women and girls is giving them the opportunity to develop their projects and to market their products. It builds capacity for the members through awareness workshops and training sessions, meetings and shows (organised for 1020 women). The total outreach of the project is: 1020 trained women and 1332 members of societies. The target areas are the rural communities which suffer from big difficulties and problems like: low living standards, poverty, and unemployment, lack of awareness, women neglectfulness and lack of equalization between rural women and women in the cities and between rural women and men. Developing women in rural communities is the basis for developing rural communities and it is part of a comprehensive development of the community. The objectives of the project stem from the objectives of the specific union which are: - Develop rural women to be equal to men and fight for the rights of women and girls in rural communities in Jordan. - Diversify income sources through support performing income generating projects by giving turning loans - Capacity building and empower rural women with capacity developing for rural girls by giving educational loans to activate their roles and function in building a healthy society. - To raise women awareness. - To increase their representation in the General Jordanian Farmers. The expected results of the project are: 1- Raise living standards for rural communities in Gor, Irbid, Al Mafraq, Al Balqa, Al Tafilah and Karak through performing income generating projects which will be performed by women and which will reflect on their families. 2- The rate of educated girls with increase in the two areas. 3- Women will be able to provide their needs themselves which will raise their living standard and empower them without waiting for outer support which reflects on their abilities and interacting in the society. Women will be able to make decisions and to participate in the local policies in the area. Training courses for the establishment of project management and to encourage women to work and produce. And courses in the packaging and sale, purchase and treatment of customers so that it matches the specifications and standards. And participating in exhibitions, interior and exterior. The project contributes to solving the problem of marketing and developing the concept of production and marketing to women and women's associations and increase agricultural productivity, and the project will focus on the implementation of awareness programs and workshops for farmers. Announcing the starting of the project by media campaign: 1- training sessions for farmers about how to start their projects and writing proposals. 2- workshops each one lasts 3 days in Gor , Irbid ,Al Mafraq , Al Balqa ,Al Tafilah and Karak about Jordanian laws which related to women rights. 3- Hold 4 meetings for the specific union for Jordanian farmers women to establish the net work contains rural women in the region with women organizations to work together for women rights. 4- Copy brochures and posters about the union and the project. 5- workshops for rural women about election to encourage them to participate in elections and represent themselves. 6- training sessions for rural women in agricultural projects. 7- Workshops and training sessions in packaging products. 8- Training sessions on marketing the products.