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UNFPA Jordan Representative Laila Baker speaks at "Empowering Women Through Painting" book launch

On March 20, 2019, the "Empowering Women through Painting – Jordan" book was launched at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman. This one-of-a-kind bilingual book celebrates the female art scene in Jordan by featuring the stories and paintings of 88 women artists from diverse backgrounds. The book brings together public and private sectors, civil society, academia, impact funds, and aid agencies to empower women artists economically and socially.

"Empowering Women through Painting – Jordan" aims to address gender inequality in regard to social justice. Therefore, a portion of the proceeds from the book will go to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) and will be invested in psychosocial and legal programs that help women who have been exposed to gender-based violence. A list of shelters and centers is also included in the book.

“One of UNFPA’s three corporate objectives is to have zero gender-based violence. 'Empowering Women through Painting – Jordan' and our partnership with the Jordan River Foundation is one step that we hope will help us accomplish this goal,” says UNFPA Jordan Representative Laila Baker.