To be a Girl in Jordan

Information and Research Center - King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF)
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The purpose of this report is to contribute accurate data on the status of the girl child in Jordan and to analyze the manner by which cultural ideology practiced by the community influences the formulation of the law. The analysis presented in this report suggests that the rights of the girl child in society are often disregarded because existing laws and regulations, customs and practices discriminate against and cause harm to the girl child. The girl child does not always have equal rights and faces discrimination when compared to the boy child. Studies were conducted using a series of interviews with legal and social experts, surveys that analyze the degree to which cultural ideologies influence the formation of law, and nation-wide Art workshops, in which the girls were given the creative space to express their self perceptions and roles within society. Based on these studies, this report recommends that laws be amended, programs developed, and international standards more effectively incorporated in order to promote the empowerment of young girls in Jordan.

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