About Us

A Jordanian local women’s rights organization for gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls. AWO advances women leadership and solutions towards political, social and economic empowerment that promote women status.

AWO was founded in 1970 by an extraordinary group of women’s activists, including Ms. Emily Naffa and many others. Emily recognized that the commitments to women’s rights that emerged from the Fifties of the 20th Century would require rigorous work to improve women’s daily lives and advance true transformation for social justice.

Over its 50-year history, AWO has worked to bring feminist analyses into the center of the voices of frontline and grassroots women’s rights leaders in the national policy dialogues. AWO work is centered on partnership-building: creating spaces inside policy processes and movements where feminists and women’s rights activists can build joint agendas, map entry points and intersections and voice demands in collective.

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has its roots in the labor movement and was first observed on March 8, 1909, in New York City. The event was organized by the Socialist Party of America as a way to honor the 1908 garment workers’ strike in which women protested against their working conditions.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire occurred on March 25, 1911, two years after the first International Women’s Day was observed. The fire, which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers, most of them young immigrant women, brought attention to the need for better working conditions and safety standards in the workplace, and was a key event that led to the creation of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

International Women’s Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1975, and is now celebrated around the world as a way to honor the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day is marked by events and activities, including rallies, conferences, and social media campaigns, and is an opportunity to raise awareness about issues affecting women and girls, such as gender-based violence, discrimination, and inequality


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