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Closing the gender gaps in Za’atari camp, Jordan

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Gender equality is not just about economic empowerment, it is about fairness and equity and includes many political, social and cultural dimensions.

Our team in Jordan identified a gender gap in in the cash for work scheme in Za’atari refugee camp. The « cash for work » scheme provides temporary employment to the most vulnerable refugees living in the camp. One of the strongest advantages of cash for work is that it enables people to determine their own priorities: it empowers individuals to buy food or other necessities according to their priorities and needs.

In an effort to increase women’s participation in cash for work activities, we provided opportunities to some of the most vulnerable women in the camp to take part in painting activities. The women painted a total of 24 water and hygiene centres. Many of them said that it was one of the most rewarding and positive experiences they’d had whilst living in Za'atari refugee camp. Not only was it a great opportunity for them to work together, the women also made new friends. The women have since expressed the desire to learn more practical skills like plumbing, basic electrical wiring, and tiling.