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February 22, 2012

Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI) is an independent, non-governmental organization, established in 1998 by a group of Jordanian women, who believed that the cause of women is the cause of the community, that women are partners in facing their common challenges and in formulating future directions, that women’s rights are essential to achieving equality, freedom, and  human dignity for all people without any discrimination and that women’s achievement of their rights is necessary for development, peace, progress, prosperity, and well-being and security of the family, society and humanity.


Goals and Objectives

 The cause of women is the cause of the community 

SIGI/J’s objectives are:

  • to promote a culture of human rights in general as a key entry point for women’s rights;
  • to provide protection, assurances and necessary services to women, especially vulnerable groups, such as rural women and victims of violence;
  • to build women’s capacities, empower them and enhance their participation in public life;
  • to promote women’s human rights through the inclusion of women’s issues within the development process at the national, regional, and international levels;
  • and to support women’s potential through the effective use of information and communication technology technologies (ICTs).

The Institute aims to provide its services to the society as a whole, men and women, young and old, in general, with the focus on: women in underprivileged areas and neighborhoods as well as women in the rural and remote areas; local women leaders; professional and working women; young girls and elderly women; females with special needs; women heads of households; women innovators; leaders of women’s organizations and civil society; women researchers; female students; women refugees; journalists; women victims of violence or potential victims of violence; and women and children who have been victims of human rights violations.

Programs and Projects

The Institute’s programs and projects include:

  • “Effat” Center for Legal and Social Counseling and Services: a specialized center that includes a number of lawyers and specialists in the field of social services providing legal and social counseling, individual or group counseling, legal assistance and representation, referrals, and escort to official authorities.
  • Emily Bsharat Library for Women’s Rights, Law, Democracy, and Civil Society: a library which specializes in the collection and compilation of literature on the Jordanian and Arab feminist movements, documentation  of women’s memoirs and experiences of women pioneers in different domains.
  • “Rajaa’ Abu Ghazaleh” Center: specializes in organizing cultural activities, especially a Wednesday Cultural Program. This Center focuses on women’s issues and innovation in its different domains.
  • “Aman” The Arab Regional Resource Center on Violence against Women: a specialized Arab Center that provides diverse information on violence against women, offers the opportunities for the exchange of information, expertise and communication with other stakeholders, helps to overcome the obstacles of distance and cost by offering information, news, and electronic services on “Aman” website on the internet as well as through holding regional meetings. It implements joint programs between the relevant Arab organizations, as well.
  • “Mahnaz Afkhami Center” specializes in information and communication technology (ICT). The Center carries out a partnership program of information and communication between women. It focuses on the empowerment of women through the use of computers and the internet and provides research services, communication and training.
  • “Is’aaf Okeel Shkair” is a platform available for the coordination and cooperation among different women’s movement parties, civil society and various public, private, national, Arab and international organizations. The hall is designed to hold meetings to promote networking, collective action and responsiveness to the initiatives of collaborative work between various actors to achieve common goals.
  • “Farah” is a program of work with children and youth to promote human rights culture and education. The Center has implemented a human rights school club project in collaboration with “Mizan”, the law group for human rights as it has implemented the “Education Project on Human Rights for School Students and their Families” in four stages in different regions and governorates such as Aqaba, Madaba, South Jordan Valley, Al-Giza and Al-Nuqaira.
  • “Majd” is an information center for the International Criminal Court. It is concerned with international criminal justice, dissemination of information and the increased attention on the International Criminal Court. The Center implements general and special training programs about the Court and on criminal justice from the gender perspective.
  • “Wi’am” is a program of family and social reconciliation and mediation. It resolves family and social disputes by peaceful means and positive intervention through experts’ mediation and social arbitration, in order to avoid the escalation of conflicts and to avoid judicial proceedings in order to maintain the social and family harmony.
  • “Sanabel” is a service center dedicated to working women, women job seekers, and jobless women. The Center provides legal counseling services and consultations in the field of labor law, social security and contract management, in addition to the provision of information on job hunters and the available job opportunities in the private sector and the unofficial sector (whether agricultural or domestic).
  • “Laure Mghaizel” Center for Training and Popular Education provides various programs, courses and training workshops in the domains of law and human rights as well as life and vocational skills. The Center uses a number of training manuals prepared or approved by the Institute, including:
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