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

  • Souk Takamol: Souk Takamol is a creative opportunity for local community-based organizations (CBOs) to present their proposals for community gender initiatives in a literal marketplace. CBOs decorate their stalls with their proposals and community members walk through the marketplace, voting on those initiatives they believe deserve funding. IREX funds the winning ideas, offering technical support for success.
  • El Ma7ki Ma3 Takamol: Jordan’s first slam poetry initiative builds on the Arab world’s rich poetry heritage by adding a modern twist. Jordanian poets train successful applicants on both gender issues and slam poetry in preparation for competitions and performances.
  • Women Leadership Building Program: Through a partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Public Sector Development, IREX trains female midcareer public professionals in order to increase their opportunity for promotion. The five-week training covers topics such as personnel and project management, public sector ethics, budgeting, and strategic planning. So far, through the USAID Takamol program, IREX has trained over 250 female civil servants.
  • Gender Community of Practice: A learning hub for development practitioners, academics, and technical experts to share knowledge, the Gender Community of Practice brings together USAID employees and implementing partner staff. The goal of this hub is to help gender mainstream across all USAID programs in Jordan.
  • Gender Fellows Program: University students, selected based on the strength of their application, are trained on research and communications to lead and promote gender-sensitive messaging, online and offline conversations, and research.
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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