Investing in women will boost national economy — Bani Mustafa

Wafaa Bani Mustafa
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AMMAN — Investing in women is vital to strengthening the national economy, said Wafaa Bani Mustafa, minister of state for legal affairs and chairperson of the Ministerial Committee for Women Empowerment, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Patronizing a national conference, the minister pointed out that boosting women’s role in economic decision-making requires increasing their participation in the workforce, enhancing their skills, and protecting them from all forms of violence and discrimination that hinder their progress.

The conference is titled “Women’s Work: Social Protection and Boosting the Child Daycare Sector,” organized by the Sadaqa organization and funded by the French embassy. It tackled improving the quality of services in daycares and expanding social protections for men and women working in the sector.

It also reviewed the impact of the expansion on women’s economic participation and labor rights, and discussed ways to update the national framework for daycares.

The minister pointed to the social protection systems, saying their design and coverage affect social cohesion and social justice, the structure of the labor market, the fight against poverty, and the ability to address “economic shocks”. She said that providing social protection became more prominent after the COVID-19 pandemic.

She underlined Jordan’s commitment to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, including the fifth and eighth goals on gender equality and decent work and economic growth, respectively, and submitting voluntary reports.

She pointed to the launch of the women’s vision under the Economic Modernization Vision next November, which will become a road map for the empowerment of women.

The minister also highlighted women’s and young girls’ unpaid labor within the household, which falls at the expense of taking up paid opportunities, pointing to a proposal to form a women’s economic empowerment team to switch at least 10,000 working women from the informal sector to the official labor sector each year.

French Ambassador Alexis Le Cour Grandmaison said that gender equality is a top priority for France, falling within the framework of feminist diplomacy. 

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