Voices for Justice in Jordan: WLP’s Partner Appeals to New Prime Minister for Women’s Rights & Greater Freedoms

Posted on 10 February 2011 by

WLP has just received an exciting update from our partner in Jordan. Executive Director of WLP Jordan/ Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) Asma Khader, along with sixteen other women’s rights activists, met with the country’s new Prime Minister, Marouf Bakhit, today to discuss the importance of women’s rights and political freedom during this period of political transition. The group met with Bakhit to present their demands prior to his announcing his newly formed cabinet. These demands, which are the product of ongoing discussions amongst those working for women’s equality in Jordan, focused on ensuring that aspects of the Constitution that would advance women’s empowerment are actually enforced and put into practice by the government.

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Specifically, the group asserted that the new government must design a mechanism to implement the Jordanian Constitution’s equal opportunity sections, which would help to promote women’s equality. In addition, the group implored the Prime Minister to also put forth mechanisms to allow citizens to approach the government and express the needs of the people, as guaranteed in the Constitution. Both of these constitutional mandates, if in fact implemented, could lead to significant advances in women’s equality and democratic reform.

The Prime Minister promised to support these measures and to continue to advance legislation which seeks to reform discriminatory laws.

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