No Woman Left Behind. Gender-based violence and disability: turning vulnerability into
Project duration: 15 months (April 2023- July 2024)
Funded by: AICS Amman
Implementing Partners: Vento di Terra in consortium with the lead partner AIDOS
Local Partners: Arab Women Organization of Jordan (AWO), and Durrat Almanal for Development and Training (DMDT).
According to UNHCR data, Jordan hosts 674,268 officially registered Syrian refugees but, according to Jordanian government reports, they reach a total of 1.36 million. Only slightly more than 17% live in formal camps, while the vast majority are settled in Jordanian host communities. The highest concentration is in the Amman Governorate (29.7%), followed by Mafraq (25.2%) and Zarqa (14.6%). The influx of refugees has created new socio-economic pressures that, further exacerbated by the COVID-19 emergency, have worsened the Jordanian government’s ability to guarantee basic services. An increasing percentage of Jordanian citizens and refugees live below the poverty line. Women who have suffered a loss of employment and income opportunities are at risk of violence, as well as those who experience a specific vulnerability, such as women with disabilities and Syrian refugees. Survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and victims of early marriages are discouraged from seeking help and reporting abuse due to cultural and social stigma. The prevalence of honour killings has given rise to a system of protective detention: women and girls can be forcibly detained for reasons of family honour. The Ministry of Social Development (MOSD) established a new shelter system for vulnerable women to replace administrative detention. Shelters provide protection, food, clothing, training and economic, psychological, and social support, health, cultural and legal services. These services are not always available, of high quality, multidisciplinary and they are not easily accessible to women and girls with disabilities.
Improving the quality of life of women with disabilities and/or at risk and/or survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in the informal camps in Mafraq, in the shelters in Amman and Ruseifa, and in the city of Amman.
- Ensure access of women with disabilities and/or at risk and/or survivors of GBV to an integrated system of specialized and quality health and social services and intra-community response mechanisms to their specific needs
- Address the socio-economic determinants of GBV by fostering women’s economic autonomy
- Improve the skills of the staff in CSOs and target shelters, to prevent and address GBV with a disability-inclusive approach.
- Improved integrated provision of inclusive psycho-social protection, rehabilitation, and health services for women with disabilities and/or at-risk and/or GBV refugee survivors and host communities
- Improved access to income-generating activities and distribution of dignity kits
Strengthened capacities of partner organizations, target shelters, and Jordanian CSOs to prevent and address GBV with an inclusive approach and improved access to intra-community mechanisms to support women with disabilities and/or at-risk and/or survivors of GBV