Jordan

Empowering At-Risk Youth in AIDS Prevention – Forearms of Change Center to Enable Community

Forearms of Change Center to Enable Community (FOCCEC) is on the forefront of public health advocacy to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and the systemic discrimination against those populations who are “most at-risk”. FOCCEC’s advocacy of “Empowering At-Risk Youth in AIDS Prevention”, focused on men aged 18-40 in Amman, Balqa, Irbid, Jerash, and Zarqa. Over a total period of 24 months, between September 2015 and February 2018, their advocacy resulted in profound impacts with engaged at-risk groups, together with organizations and institutions.

Prisoners’ Rights to Rehabilitation Centers and Reform Upon Release – Edmaj

This campaign marked the first time for the Prisoners and their Families Aftercare Center (Edmaj)4 to work on a rights-based issue rather than charity work. This is considered a paradigm shift in the life of Edmaj. This shift emerged as a result of the Edmaj’s participation in the USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program (CIS) Advocacy Support Fund grant process. A primary component of the grant process included an advocacy training using the New Tactics in Human Rights Program’s Strategic Effectiveness Method which facilitates the collective identification of locally-defined priorities. As a result, Edmaj launched the Prisoners’ Rights to Rehabilitation Centers and Reform Upon Release/Amman Governate campaign.

Agriculture Without Risk | Northern Jordan Valley – Damj for Communities Empowerment Co

This campaign helped Damj for Communities Empowerment Co. (Damj)4 to work on a rights-based environmental, health, well-being and livelihood issue that helped build trust between civil society organizations, the local community, and the government bodies. This emerged as a result of the Damj’s participation in the USAID CIS Advocacy Support Fund grant process. A primary component of the grant process included an advocacy training using the New Tactics in Human Rights Program’s Strategic Effectiveness Method which facilitates the collective identification of locally-defined priorities. As a result, Damj launched the Agriculture Without Risk/Northern Jordan Valley campaign.

Saving Our Cultural Heritage: Combating Illicit Excavation and Trade in Antiquities – Al Masir International Center for Studies Research and Training

The depletion and destruction of Jordan's irreplaceable cultural heritage by illegal excavations and trade in antiquities has reached an alarming level. This loss is costing the Jordanian people their right to access, enjoy, and participate in their cultural heritage. Culture is fundamental to human dignity and identity. Based in Irbid, Al Masir International Center for Studies Research and Training (Al Masir Center) focused on the legal, social and political circumstances that enable and explain the depletion and destruction of Jordan’s antiquities. As a result, Al Masir Center’s advocacy, Saving Our Cultural Heritage, promoted the preservation of the right to cultural heritage through recommended amendments to the Antiquities Law No. 21 of 1988 and national artifacts inventory and documentation system for museums, for decision makers. These two critical areas can significantly combat the threats posed by the looting and loss of cultural property.

Online Blackout to Protest Anti-Freedom of Speech Laws Against Press on the Internet

The “Free Net” campaign joined forces with Jordanian online newspapers in announcing the 28th of August, 2012, to be internet blackout day. Online websites along with online news sites decided to turn their pages black in protest of the legal restrictions regarding press freedom after passing a bill on press and publication.

Engaging government allies to advance the right to free early childhood education in poverty pockets

The Change Academy for Democratic Studies and Development and the Arab Network for Civic Education (ANHRE) successfully engaged allies in national government agencies along with local community organizations to advance the right to early childhood education in poverty pockets in Ma’an governorate, South Jordan. 

Using sports to build engagement and life skills

Reclaim Childhood, based in Amman, runs a sports program called “Goals for Girls” in cities and towns in Jordan with significant Iraqi and Syrian refugee populations. They recruit young women and girls, ages 8 to 18, from these refugee communities to play with young women and girls from the local communities in Jordan. Their goal is to empower Iraqi and Syrian young refugee women and girls by fostering engagement and critical life skills through sports. Reclaim Childhood has impacted the lives of more than 800 young women and girls since 2008.

Engaging women for bike rides to raise awareness of violent conflict, and change perceptions

Women cycling together can create a powerful message. To date, over 1,075 women from over 30 countries have pedaled for peace in the Follow the Women for Peace (FTW) bike rides through Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and into Palestine to raise awareness for the urgent need for peace and human rights for all. Its core purpose is to empower women to take action for peace and an end to violence.

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