Ayat Asa'ad is the program manager for the Mums Project in Jordan.
Ayat is responsible for the management, development, and implementation of the Mums Project, which aims to enhance social cohesion in host communities in Jordan by empowering as community leaders the most powerful group of close confidants and influencers of young men and women alike: mothers. Working closely with IREX’s partner the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD), Ayat and the Mums Project team will build the resilience skills of Syrian and Jordanian mothers through a variety of online and offline Mums Academy courses. These skills will help mothers build trust, resist stigmatization, support each other in mother-to-mother support groups, and lead community initiatives to address key stressors and risk factors in their communities.
Before joining IREX in 2020, Ayat worked in international programs supporting women’s empowerment, youth empowerment, education, and gender, including gender-based violence and psychosocial support. She has developed and delivered training programs in gender, gender norms, and violence against women, in addition to e-learning, ICT integration in development programs and school curricula, and e-learning classroom management. Her experience also includes six years as project and program manager with INGOs such as World Vision, Messengers of Peace, Right to Play, Relief International, Oxfam, UNICEF, and Care International, as well as consultant and trainer roles with INGOs in Jordan and beyond.