AMMAN – More equality between men and women has recently been achieved in Jordan, World Bank representative in Jordan Holly Pinner said, according to a local media outlet.
Pinner’s comment came during a workshop convened by the World Bank in the Dead Sea on women, business and law. The event was organized by the Ministerial Committee for Women’s Empowerment.
The workshop aims to highlight the legislative changes Jordanian women need to improve their work environment and gain economic empowerment, which would boost Jordan’s standing in a World Bank report.
Pinner said that “more equality between men and women has recently been achieved in Jordan”, economic self-determination of Jordanian women has been strengthened and the national women’s strategy has been developed.
Pinner pointed to the importance of royal vision in the modernization that will bring advances in the area of women’s political and economic opportunities, noting that more equal societies lead to more resilient economies.
The two-day workshop was attended by Minister for Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Al-Shraideh, Minister of State for Media Affairs Faisal Shboul and Minister of State for Legal Affairs and Chair of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Women’s Empowerment Wafa Bani Mustafa.
Other participants included several Secretaries General and representatives of relevant institutions, as well as Pinners.
According to Bani Mustafa, this year’s World Bank report revealed that 2.4 billion working-age women worldwide do not have equal economic opportunities and that 178 countries are creating legal barriers to prevent their full economic participation. She said the report shows that 95 nations do not guarantee women equal pay for work of equal value.
Bani Mustafa announced that Jordan’s score is almost half and scores 100/100 in the Entrepreneurship Center.
Through the Committee of Ministers for the Empowerment of Women and the results of the Royal Committee for the Modernization of the Political System, Jordan tries to address the problems of women and their economic and political self-determination, to improve the situation of women workers and create new opportunities for them through the lifting of legal barriers.
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