Empowering Rural Women in Mafraq Governorate

© UNESCO, Jordan, Umm el Jimal

Empowering rural women in Mafraq Governorate through the management and preservation of the Umm el-Jimal’s archeological site in Jordan as income-generating activities

Budget: (US$): 577,375 (Funded: 108,000; Unfunded: 469,375)
Source: UN Women (100,000 US$); the Netherlands (282,485 US$)
Dates: January 2014-June 2016/Ongoing
Beneficiaries: Women and local community of Umm el-Jimal

This joint programme addresses vulnerable Jordanian women of the village Umm el-Jimal, in the north of Jordan, with the aim of improving their livelihoods through the opportunities provided by the local cultural heritage.

Umm el-Jimal is both a modern village and an archaeological site, located within Mafraq Governorate, just south of the Syrian border and few kilometres from Za'atari refugee camp.

Mafraq is the governorate with the highest poverty and illiteracy rates in Jordan and one of the most affected governorates by the afflux of Syrian refugees.

The programme was launched in January 2014 under the patronage of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.

As part of the programme, the women of Umm el-Jimal will be given new income-generating opportunities linked to their heritage. In order to reach this objective, the programme will act at three levels:

  • the capacities of the women to establish and manage an income-generating activity will be developed;
  • the site of Umm el-Jimal will be promoted as a sustainable tourist destination;
  • synergies with other women’s projects in Jordan will be established.

This programme brings together the expertise of UNESCO and UN Women in the fields of culture and development and gender equality to improve the livelihoods of local communities.


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