EuroMed Feminist Initiative held a Roundtable discussion on Promoting a Women-Friendly Work Environment on 13 February at Landmark Hotel, Amman in the framework of the Madad for Women programme funded by the European Union through the EU’s Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the EU ‘MADAD Fund’.
The Roundtable provided a platform for dialogue between the private sector, civil society, and the governmental stakeholders on improving women’s economic participation and access to the labour market. It shed light on the importance of ensuring a workplace environment that is free of harassment and discrimination against women, and discussed conditions and services to facilitate women´s participation, such as day-care centres. The Roundtable also offered the opportunity for exchange of best practices and lessons learned.
During the opening, Mrs. Insaf Daas, the programme’s Country Manager in Jordan reminded of the objectives of the Roundtable and the achievements of the programme so far. In his intervention, Mr. Ghaleb M. Hijazi, Vice President of Business Development Center, highlighted the need to build strong relationships with the private sector, while Ms. Linda Kalash, President of Tamkeen, underscored the importance to extend legal protection for working women.
During the discussion, several private companies presented their ideas on how to make human resources manuals and day-care establishments more responsive to the needs of women.
About the Programme:
“Strengthening access to protection, participation and services for women refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and women in the host communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq” (Madad for Women) aims to improve the livelihood, agency and legal and social protection for Syrian women refugees, IDPs and host communities in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq/Kurdistan Region, as well as enhance women's access to the labour market, and eliminate practical, social, cultural and legal barriers to their participation. The programme is implemented through a consortium led by EuroMed Feminist Initiative.
About the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis:
Since its establishment in December 2014, a significant share of the EU’s non-humanitarian aid for Syria’s neighbouring countries is provided through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis. The Trust Fund brings a more coherent and integrated EU aid response to the crisis and primarily addresses longer term economic, educational, protection and social needs of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, and supports overstretched local communities and their administrations.