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.