The WPHF is helping to address gender relations and support women’s empowerment in Jordan to create more equal communities and social relations, while funding services for women that strengthen livelihoods as a strategy to combat other protection risks.

our work in jordan

In Jordan, WPHF is providing vital support to women Syrian refugees in the realms of economic empowerment, protection of their human rights and combating sexual and gender based violence.

Our Partners

WPHF is proud to support the following women’s organizations in Jordan:

  • Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD-Legal Aid) on a project to strengthen the mechanisms of social and legal protection of women and developing the skills and capacity of Syrian and Jordanian women to play an active role in conflict management and humanitarian response.
  • Arab Network for Civic Education (ANHRW) on a project to increase the capacity of local CBOs and practitioners to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Syria Crisis, and to increase their ability to collect gender sensitive data and information to better inform decision-makers.
  • Association of Family and Childhood Protection Society of Irbid (FCPS), implemented together with Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants (CRHC) and Mayadin, on a project to help improve the lives of young brides through empowerment and education.
  • Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women (JFBPW) on a project that provides vital psychosocial support and vocational training for women refugees.
  • Jordan National Forum for Women (JNFW) on a project to provide enhanced livelihood opportunities for women across the country.


The neighboring Syrian conflict—now in its sixth year—has affected more than 10.8 million of the country’s 22 million people. Approximately 4.8 million Syrian refugees have left Syria and registered in border countries as of April 2016. Jordan was hosting 655,217 refugees from Syria as of early 2016, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of its pre-crisis population.

The needs of the refugee population—and the populations of those communities hosting them—are immense. Refugee families report increased debt and dependency on humanitarian assistance or reliance upon negative coping strategies. An estimated 70,000 refugee children have no access to education, and growing pressure on essential public services has deteriorated their quality and necessitated a substantial increase in public spending.

The Issue

Gender disparity in Jordan remains prevalent in the private sphere and predominant cultural attitudes threaten women’s agency and equality—both that of refugees and Jordanians. Violence against women is widely accepted and prevalent across the country. Among Syrian refugees, female headed households face the highest level of food insecurity.

On average only 14% of female refugees are working, compared to 65% of male refugees. Female refugees are more reliant on external humanitarian aid to meet their basic needs than male refugees, as they have fewer independent sources of income and support. As aid diminishes—both due to humanitarian aid fatigue in the region and in light of increased livelihood opportunities for refugees— Jordan’s women refugees will be disproportionately impacted.

Complementarities & Partnerships

The WPHF helps to promote synergies between Jordan’s domestic actors, including multilateral and bilateral entities, national ministries of women, and local civil society organizations. An increasing number of CSOs are involved in the refugee response throughout Jordan’s hosting communities—with a particular focus on distribution and service delivery.

In the areas of women, peace and security, however, there are limited national capacities related to peacebuilding and social cohesion. Programmatic approaches of integrated dialogues and trust building are relatively new for service delivery actors, and advocacy remains the realm of only a small handful of CSOs.

In Jordan, WPHF focuses on:

  1. Promoting women’s access to decent livelihoods as an entry point for combating violence against women, in an effort to model that refugee women are able and desire to work in Jordan, emphasizing their ability and willingness to work in non-traditional sectors.
  2. Building CSO empowerment and providing support for work that seeks to monitor the impact of the crisis on women, while addressing imbalances in gender norms and ensuring women’s engagement in local and national decision-making initiatives.

Additional Funding Needs

$2,000,000 over 2 years

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