USAID Takamol – Jordan Gender Program

USAID Takamol – Jordan Gender Program

The USAID Takamol program is a flagship initiative focused on gender equity and female empowerment in Jordan.

In implementing the USAID Takamol program, IREX works closely with and builds the capacity of Jordanian partners throughout the country, including the Jordanian National Commission for Women, Jordanian government ministries, national-level CSOs, local community based organizations, and universities in the north, center, and south of Jordan.

USAID Takamol – Jordan Gender Program

The USAID Takamol program is a flagship initiative focused on gender equity and female empowerment in Jordan.

In implementing the USAID Takamol program, IREX works closely with and builds the capacity of Jordanian partners throughout the country, including the Jordanian National Commission for Women, Jordanian government ministries, national-level CSOs, local community based organizations, and universities in the north, center, and south of Jordan.

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Goals

  • To expand social dialogue on gender equality through gender-sensitive messaging and outreach on equality and female empowerment
  • To strengthen enforcement and advocacy for female empowerment by building the capacity of the government of Jordan and local NGOs
  • To improve women and girl-centered services and projects within Jordan
  • To increase the gender capacity of USAID and its implementing partners in Jordan

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Project Activities

Here are some highlights from IREX’s work in the USAID Takamol Gender Program:

  • Souk Takamol. Souk Takamol is a small-grants mechanism supporting local community-based organizations (CBOs) to implement gender-related community initiatives throughout Jordan. Fifty-four CBOs have received financial and technical support through Souk Takamol so far, holding hundreds of activities to generate community engagement and raise awareness on local issues and how they intersect with gender. These initiatives have focused on decentralization, elections and political participation, economic empowerment, gender-based violence, drug abuse, and other issues of interest to local communities.
  • Gender audit teams. As part of its mandate to mainstream gender in Jordan’s public sector, Takamol provides technical assistance to the Government of Jordan to assess and address gender-related needs in public institutions. The Gender Audit Teams—established, trained, and supported by IREX—internally monitor and evaluate gender-related policies and reforms with the ultimate goal of improving conditions for women in the public sector.
  • Gender focal points. Takamol is part of a multilateral effort to institutionalize gender focal points across government agencies and formalize their role within the Government of Jordan and its organizational structures. By providing assistance to the Jordanian National Commission for Women, IREX has facilitated close collaboration in developing a capacity building plan for government employees.
  • Research consortium. To strengthen the quality of gender-related research in Jordanian institutions, IREX established a research consortium consisting of 53 academics, university students, parliamentarians, members of municipal councils, and community leaders who are undergoing training to better assess and analyze gender connotations in Arabic, Islamic, and Jordanian texts.
  • Networks of leaders. Takamol has three active networks of leaders, which receive technical assistance and mentorship from IREX. The networks span 12 governorates in Jordan, consisting of hundreds of members. These networks engage local leaders and gender champions in creating positive change in their communities.
Takamol – Jordan Gender Program

Quick Facts

  • The program’s social dialogue component aims to increase conversation on gender norms and roles through creative initiatives such as youth debates in universities and health sessions in local communities.
  • The program’s advocacy and policy component builds capacity of major Jordanian institutions such as the Jordanian National Commission for Women and national-level CSOs.
  • IREX held the first ever gender and climate change conference in Jordan.
Takamol – Jordan Gender Program

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