This event opened the door wide open to exposing where Jordanian Women have reached in light of the local and regional current developments.
Nearly 40 people participated in the tweet up event including women’s rights activists, policy makers, and civil society members whom are interested in equal opportunities among genders and women empowerment.
Most tweets stressed on four key points affecting the image of women stereotypes in our society, starting with a traditional mindset that affects the percentage of female leaders, the presence of any of the stereotypes that affect women in leadership and the role of societal norms in that, religious considerations and barriers that do not support women’s leadership, and finally the burden carried by women when they uphold their familial responsibilities, which could prevent them from assuming leadership positions.
Among the topics that the whole audience emphasized upon was the apparent subordination of women to men in our society in most day to day activities, in addition to the perception that a woman’s natural role is limited only to reproduction. There is no doubt that a large number of people side with the wrong religious misconception that has negatively affected the image of women. Moreover, the merger between the social norms and traditions on one hand with religious facts on the other and the inability to separate between them due to pungent and strong criticism when trying was among the topics that everyone agreed upon. In contrast, attendees argued that although the law supports changing women stereotypes and women empowerment in all areas, yet the above reasons still form many hindrances.
This discussion is the introduction to a larger public debate on a broader and more comprehensive level that will take place at the end of this month. The debate will discuss different points of view to find a solution on women’s leadership issue and how to increase the number of women in decision-making positions, as well as the leadership of change and transformation in the attitude towards diversity and increasing respect for women in various locations. All this comes in an attempt to lead behavior changes towards women empowerment as leaders to place policies which will reflect positively on improving the economy.
Mr. Zaid Al Taher, Jordan Committee Coordinator, commented on this tweet up event saying: “This meeting, organized by Alwane Jordan, will help to promote the exchange of views and discuss key topics to find measures that can be valuable for the development of Jordan and to increase the role of women in leadership positions.”
He added that there are 16 similar committees from other Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa who do the same work, each according to the specific needs of their country.
All these committees will review the results of their work in a regional summit to be held in Amman in November 2012 to come up with general recommendations that will help in promoting the role of women in various fields.
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