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More women need to enter labor market, become ‘partners in economic process’

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AMMAN — Representatives of public and private sectors and of civil society institutions in Zarqa Governorate, on Monday discussed ways to encourage women to participate in the labor market, including by providing a proper work environment.  اضافة اعلان

Organized by the National Association for Family Empowerment, the dialogue, running under the title “The reality and aspirations of women’s participation in the economic sectors”, came within the “Increasing women’s economic growth to reach permanent community peace and security” project, which is implemented by the association with the support of and funding from the Women’s Fund for Peace and Humanitarian Action in Zarqa Municipality.

Executive Director of the National Association for Family Empowerment Rania Hayouk stressed the importance of encouraging non-working women to participate in the labor market, where women make up only 14.8 percent of the working force, by providing a decent work environment and adequate standards of protection and safety that increase women’s participation and productivity in various sectors.

Hayouk said the association urged the government to provide a safe and modern transportation network to facilitate women’s access to places of work, activate existing laws, and introduce new legislation to curb negative practices in the work environment, enhance decent work standards and practices, and promote equal pay, reduce discrimination against women, and protect working women.

Hayouk called for “intensifying monitoring of economic institutions, especially microfinance companies”, and for obliging companies to inform working women of their rights and duties before they sign a work contract.

Counselor for Solidarity Is Global Institute (Tadamon) — described on its site as an independent non-profit and developmental organization that seeks a society in which women fully enjoy human rights and participate in the decision-making process, on the basis of equality and non-discrimination — Enaam Al-Asha, told Jordan News that a decent work environment is an absolute requirement that many institutions still fail to provide.

Activist Nuha Al-Muhairiz said that adequate salaries and meritocracy constitute proper treatment of all workers, women included, adding that a safe environment for women and care for their children through the provision of nurseries would “make them partners in the economic process”.

At the same time, a harassment-free work environment, safe transportation, and flexible working hours “so that women can work according to their circumstances, role, and capabilities” would surely encourage more women to work, she said.

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