URI MENA

16th session of URI MENA Cultural Cafe (via Zoom), 25 July 2020
Session subject: Gender Roles in Jordan & Further Action Necessary to Decrease Inequality
Facilitator: Jessica Danielle, Administrative Assistant- URI Office in Amman

Discussion topics where:
What are Gender Roles in Jordan.
Why are honor crimes still occurring.
What can we do to change the laws hindering inequality.

Some takeaways from the session:
• Men work/provide as leader role models for family while women care for the home & children after University & marriage
• Traditional gender roles are not always forced upon women, but discrimination should be decreased for those who desire to rise in social status (education) or into prominent social positions (government)
• Honor crimes cannot be generalized to an entire society, but allowance is in large part due to nonpractice of law/policy amendment.
• There is a separation between the older (50+) and younger (30 & below) generation on the acceptance of these heinous crimes, with majority of youth (65% of Jordan population) frowning upon it.
• Progressive steps toward change include educating ourselves, our families, openly speaking out against wrongdoings, and speaking up for those who are unable. Empowering youth through modeling moral driven family values, beginning from infancy, and treating all human life with respect begins in the home with parental actions. Parents can decrease violence in home by controlling media content displayed in front of children. Encourage one another with emotional & social support when someone close to you is reaching for modern goals, instead of traditional roles.
• Everyone should get involved and do not stay silent to achieve positive change.