Homebound Girls in Jordan

Information and Research Center - King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF), Save the Children International
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The purpose of this report is to investigate the phenomenon of homebound girls in Jordan, or girls under the age of eighteen who withdraw themselves, or are withdrawn by their family, from school and spend their days working as domestic laborers in the home. This report firstly aims to understand the reasons that led to their confinement and secondly, to identify possible interventions to allow homebound girls access to education and strengthen their social development. The research conducted was based on in-depth interviews with 46 homebound girls and 40 mothers in four locations in Jordan: Marka, Marfaq, Ma’an, and Zarqa, and was complemented by a literature and legislative review on the children’s rights focused on the issue of child labor.

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