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Gender-based violence

UNFPA is one of the UN's lead agencies working to further gender equality and women’s empowerment, and to address the physical and emotional consequences of gender-based violence. UNFPA’s programmes offer psychosocial assistance, medical treatment and rape kits to survivors, and promote the right of all women and girls to live free of violence and abuse.

In Jordan UNFPA GBV programme works across the humanitarian and development nexus and contributes to two strategic objectives: 

  1. Strengthened national capacities to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, with focus on advocacy, data and coordination in development and humanitarian settings.
  2. Strengthened national capacities to address child, early and forced marriage.

“Harmful practices against girls cause profound and lasting trauma robbing them of their right to reach their full potential.”

Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director

UNFPA comprehensive GBV prevention and response program in Jordan, includes the following main areas of intervention: 

  • Service delivery. UNFPA works in partnership with civil society organizations through women and girls safe spaces across the Kingdom. In the Women and Girls Safe spaces, women and girls can access non-stigmatizing GBV response and prevention services including access to case management services, referrals, psychosocial support, awareness raising, counselling, life skills and empowerment activities. Those programmes have a component of disability inclusion to ensure no one is left behind. In 2020 with 3 partners Institute for Family Health (IFH), Jordanian Women Union (JWU) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and a local CBO, UNFPA extended support to women and girls and communities with 18 centers in the following locations; 7 centers in 3 Syrian Refugee Camps (Zaatari Camp, Azraq Camp And Emirati Jordanian Camp), and 11 centers in host communities in Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Mafraq, Balqa, Madaba and Karak.
  • Outreach activities are also carried out in  host communities and 3 refugee camps. Through this intervention, around 850 beneficiaries are reached monthly. The outreach activities have the objective of informing communities of services available and work on mobilize community and especially young people  to change social norms and promote gender equality with a particular focus on the prevention of child marriage.
  • UNFPA works in partnership with key stakeholders in the Government of Jordan to improve institutional response to GBV. Our intervention focuses on ensuring the quality and coordination in the multisectorial response to GBV to be provided by the health, social services, police and justice sectors. To this end we work with relevant national stakeholders like the Ministry of Health, The Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) and the National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA), to review the policy framework to ensure GBV survivors access to essential services and to build national capacity.
  • Since 1976, UNFPA has advocated for women and girls, promoting legal and policy reforms and gender-sensitive data collection, and supporting initiatives that improve women's health and expand their choices in life. UNFPA Advocacy focuses on Sexual and Reproductive health and rights of most marginalized and vulnerable – including adolescent girls, people living with disabilities, migrants, women refugees, female heads of households and those living in extreme poverty.

UNFPA leads the Coordination efforts in the multisectorial response to GBV co chairing the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Sub working group with UNHCR and the GBV IMS taskforce producing analytical products and trends analysis that inform the GBV response programme at national level.