Jordan

At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #121
Gender Inequality Index2 0.456
HDI Ranking3 #95
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 11%/12%
Women in Parliament ranking #109
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 7% (#78)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1974/1974

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Overview
GovernmentConstitutional monarchy
Total population6.5 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $5,900
HDI ranking3#95
Population under age 1535%
Urban population79%
Internet users38%
LanguagesArabic (official), English widely understood among educated classes

Indices Education & Employment Political Participation
Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 #121 Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 93% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 11%/12%
Gender Inequality Index2 0.456 Population with secondary education, female/male ratio 77% Women in Parliament ranking #109
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 2.9% (10.9%) Women at ministerial level (ranking) 7% (#78)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1974/1974
HealthQuotas
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 470 Quota type Reserved seats
Births per woman 3.1 Constitutional quota in lower house No
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 28 Electoral quota in lower house Yes
Voluntary political party quotas No

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Our Partner

Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 1998. Its founders include lawyers, jurists and human rights activists working to support and promote women's rights through education, skills training and modern technology. Its programs include the Human Rights Education Program based on the Arabic version of the training manual Claiming our Rights; the Combating Violence against Women and Girls Program based on the Arabic version of the training manual Safe and Secure; the Knowledge Partnership Program which provides ICT training; and the Cultural Events Program which highlights the experiences of women leaders. Read more >

In The News

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Reports & Updates
March 3, 2006 | eNews 4, Leadership, Leading to Choices, Jordan, Turkey
Recent workshops conducted by WLP partners Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) and the Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (Turkey) provided a dynamic learning environment for women to develop effective leadership skills, explore advocacy strategies, and discuss ways to overcome the challenges they face in taking on leadership roles in their families and communities.
March 3, 2006 | eNews 2, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan
International women leaders challenged stereotypes associated with Muslim women and discussed possibilities for strengthening the role of women in creating democratic and pluralistic societies in the Muslim world.
March 2, 2006 | eNews 13, Family Law Reform, Guide to Equality in the Family, Human Rights, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco
Family law in Muslim-majority societies governs every aspect of a woman’s life – from minimum age and conditions of marriage, to divorce, child custody, and the right to work, travel, or decide on a place of residence. The reform of family law is therefore crucial to women’s ability to participate on equal terms in both family life and public life. In each thematic module, the Guide presents the current state of the law, then proposes religious, human rights, sociological, and domestic legal arguments for reform, well-supported by relevant data.
October 21, 2005 | ICT for Social Change, Leadership, Leading to Choices, Jordan, 2005 Events, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine
From September 5 to October 21, 2005, a group of 14 experienced leadership trainers from Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine participated in a five-week prototype Arabic eCourse to test and adapt the Arabic curriculum in preparation for a full eCourse in 2006.
December 15, 2003 | Bahrain, Leadership, eNews 6, Egypt, Leading to Choices Multimedia, Jordan, Lebanon, 2003 Events, Morocco, Palestine
WLP convened the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership from December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan. Thirty women leaders from eleven Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, and Yemen took part in the week-long Institute for training of trainers.
November 25, 2002 | Leadership, Jordan, 2002 Events, Nigeria, Pakistan
Prominent women leaders discussed women's leadership and strategies for expanding women's political participation in Muslim societies. Panelists included Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran), Ayesha Imam (Nigeria), Asma Khader (Jordan), Thoraya Obaid (Saudi Arabia), Shirin Tahir-Kheli (Pakistan), and Azar Nafisi (Iran, Moderator).

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Rima Khalaf Hunaidi

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Rima Khalaf Hunaidi is Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS). As RBAS Director, Dr. Hunaidi oversees the publication of the UNDP Arab Human Development Report. Dr. Hunaidi has served as a Senator in the Upper House of Parliament, Jordan and a member of the Economic and Social Consultative Council. She has held other high-ranking positions in Jordan including Deputy Prime Minster, Minister of Planning, and Minister of Industry and Trade. Dr.
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