Women ponder on their role in crises management

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Women participation in public life in Jordan is among the top countries in the Arab world. There are women judges, Air Force and commercial pilots, doctors, engineers, Cabinet members and lawmakers. (Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN — Women in Jordan must be involved in crisis management, a role which retreated during the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers and women activists said.اضافة اعلان

“Looking back at COVID-19, we see that those who managed the entire scene were men,” said lawmaker Zainab Al-Bdoul.

“Sensitive matters are often managed by men,” she sighed.

“The society still does not believe in the role of women, especially with regard to managing crises and sensitive matters,” the lawmaker added.

Women account for 49.3 percent of Jordan’s population, according to UNESCO, which maintained that girls between the ages of 15 to 24 boast a 99.11 percent literacy rate. “Exclusion or limited use of such high potential of human resources carries huge implications for Jordan,” UNESCO said.

Women participation in public life in Jordan is among the top countries in the Arab world. There are women judges, Air Force and commercial pilots, doctors, engineers, Cabinet members, and lawmakers.

But Bdoul said that was not enough. “The government must give women enough space to highlight their role and enhance their participation in various aspects of life, the most important of which is crisis management,” she insisted.

“Society also should believe in the importance of women, especially as they have proven their competence and ability in many areas”, she maintained.

Minister of State for Legal Affairs Wafa Bani Mustafa said that women have proved a distinguished presence in all the positions they held, at local or international levels, and in various political, economic, and social fields, according to Al-Rai Daily.

This came during Bani Mustafa’s auspices, on behalf of Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh, of the “Women on the Front Lines” conference in its fifth edition for the Middle East and North Africa — Jordan, organized by the May Chidiac Foundation.

Bani Mustafa said: “The reality of Jordanian women is appreciated, in view of the successes we have achieved, and in the presence of a real political will that expresses our absolute belief in the importance of the role of women in our society.”

“Jordanian women constitute a main pillar in our legislative, executive, and judicial authorities, as well as in civil society, and we have witnessed during the past years the largest percentage of representation of women in the history of the Kingdom, whether at the level of the Parliament, local councils, the government, or the judiciary,” she added.

Deputy Dina Al-Bashir, told Jordan News that Jordanian women have proved their competence in leadership positions, not only in Jordan, but also abroad.”

She said there must be a cultural change to change the public perception towards women. “Jordanian women can be leaders and have an important role to play in the society, besides being housewives and mothers.”

Women activist Nuha Al-Muhairiz said that “during the pandemic, we noticed that the concerned authorities began to set immediate plans to confront crises, and women were excluded from those plans.”

“There was a significant role for civil society women to play, but it was limited to initiatives made by women on their own, without governmental or institutional support,” she said.

“There is a long way to go”, she contended. She explained that integrating women and involving them in crisis management requires the support of all institutions of society, “especially since patriarchal thinking is still dominant to this day”.

The activist said encouraging women’s participation in crisis management is in line with Security Council Resolution 1325 on women’s peace and security, which Jordan endorsed.  She maintained that the resolution envisions women’s participation in “peacekeeping missions in order to enhance their role in society”.

In this context, she stressed the importance of the role of civil society institutions in activating that decision and raising awareness in society about the importance of the role of women.

Samar Muhareb, CEO of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development, also known as ARDD, said there were several success stories for Jordanian women in leadership positions. “They were pioneers in their fields”, she said.

“At a time when women in civil society institutions had a strong and important presence, especially in crises and sensitive situations, they did not have a major role in state institutions,” she said.

She said Jordan was one of the first countries to adopt Security Council resolutions on women by implementing the Jordanian national plan during the past four years. She suggested that the plans belong-term and achieve equality for women by strengthening their role in the service of their community.

“We need a real political will to include women in leadership positions in state institutions and to have them manage crises,” she said.

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