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The Women's Shelter

Introduction

 According to official figures, every year between 20-30- women are killed by family members for "immoral behavior” known as honor crime. Women are murdered by male relatives who suspect them of engaging in sexual behavior before or outside of marriage.

 The Union has received many serious cases of abused women through hotline. Those cases were required a place to shelter abused women in order to ensure their security. However there was no such a facility existed in Jordan and abused women were sheltered in a prison which tends to cause serious psychological effect for abused women.  .

 To respond this emergent need, the JWU established the women's shelter at the beginning of 1999 in co-operation with the Spanish Foundation CEAR and the Canadian Embassy.

 The women's shelter aims to guarantee security for abused women and to rehabilitate abused women psychologically and physically so that they are ready for their return to normal life

 The women's shelter is playing a very important role for abused women. 65 women have been sheltered since 1999 and have been shielded from the negative effects of staying in a prison shelter.

 
Background

 In 1996 the JWU organized a workshop on Honor Crimes, attended by numerous women organizations and Family Protection Unit at the Jordanian Public Security.   One of the recommendations of this workshop was the establishment of women's shelters because of the psychological effect of being sheltered in a normal prison.

 The women's shelter was established at the beginning of 1999 with co-operation with the Spanish Foundation CEAR and the Canadian Embassy.

 Before opening the shelter, the JWU held training courses, involving many specialists in psychology and sociology, for all staff working on the project.

 

The Aims of the Women's Shelter

        To guarantee security for abused women instead of holding them under custody in prison 

        To provide psychological rehabilitation for abused women

 

The Child to Child Programme

 

Introduction

 The Child to Childe Program has implemented by Baqa' branch since 2001 in order to hence the cultural, educational and social level among children.  The program aims at improving the cultural and social level of children in the camp. The following groups will benefit from the programs:

 School children

  • Street children
  • All children in the camp through the different recreational programmes that will charge a minimal symbolic contribution of 2JD monthly.

 Background

The Jordanian Women's Union – Baqa' Branch

The Jordanian Women's Union- Baqa' Branch is a voluntary organization founded by Baqa' women volunteer members in 1990. The branch provides citizens in the camp with many important activities such as children programmes which is especially designed for the orphans. The Children's Committee implements other various activities for children in the camp. The branch implements vocational training and cultural activities covering health, legal issues and social family guidance programmes.

 

  The Baqa' camp is a heavily populated with a total of 120,000 citizens according to official figures of  Baqa' Camp Services Committee. The rate of unemployment among youth in the camp reaches 35% and the number of poor families under the absolute poverty line, with no source of income, reaches 12,000 families.

 

 A total number of schools in the camp reaches 20 out of which 16 are UNRWA schools and 4 governmental schools.

 

 Children experience continuously changing and unstable psychological phases according to their age groups. Social and economic pressures, which the majority of people in the camp are suffering, reflect on the children who cause extremely dangerous social and behavioral problems.

 Schools in the elementary stage do not provide any social guidance for children. The classrooms are always packed with a large number of students. The number of students in each class reaches 50 and this condition in the crass makes very difficult for the teachers to take into consideration on the students who are suffering the social and economic problems and to assist them in cooing with their problems.

 

 There is no guidance for the students who are suffering from violence in the family and social and economic problems which eventually tend to lead behavioral problems among them. 

 Increasing the number of behavioral problems among children reported through the hot line, the study about these phenomena became very urgent.

 The JWU-Baqa' Branch conducted a need assessment study in cooperation with schools. The study revealed that nearly 10 % of the students are liable to behavioral problems. A committee was formed in order to address this phenomenon and the child to child programme was adopted in order to assist children with behavioral disorders.

 The International Convention for Children's Rights in its articles states that the children everywhere and every time have the right to live a secure and stable life in his homeland and among his family. The Convention also states that children have the right to protection and care. These rights imply certain duties on their families and their society as a whole on behalf of the children towards themselves. The critical phase, which our societies are witnessing, imposes many challenges on raising an educated generation in order to be able to take responsibilities

 Children themselves can be the best to take responsibilities among other children. The JWU-Baqa' branch initiated to support children with behavioral problems by selecting those who have excellent educational records and social stability and who have the interest in voluntary work in order to assist their fellow students cooping with their problems by introducing the child to child programme. Children who were selected will help in training others and will assist them in their education toward their complete behavioral recovery and integration in their societies.

 

 Ultimate Aim of the Child to Child Programme

 To raise the cultural and social level of children in the camp

  

Objectives

 To decrease the number of children with behavioral problems in the camp

  Special Objectives

  • To provide children with new skills

 

  • To teach children their rights and duties

 

  • To encourage children to read and educate themselves

 

  • To enhance the concepts of health, social and environmental care

 

  • To raise children's awareness of self dignity

 

  • To enhance the concepts of social work and its importance

 

  • To raise awareness of responsibility under the slogan " I have rights and duties”

 

  • Raise children's awareness toward existing problems and means to participate in solving them

   

  • To enhance children's participation in the educational process

 

  • To provide children with communication skill

 

General Activities

  • Holding a series o lectures in schools under the title of "The Camp Children-The    Present &Future Perspectives” for children who are interested in the social work.
  • Distributing specially prepared forms to gather information of the problems faced by children, their needs and reasons behind their behavioural problems
  • Implementing training workshops for volunteer members
  • Holding training workshops for teachers
  • Training for parents to explain the aims of the programme and their role in it
  • Conducting weekly programmes in the branch's premises
  • Conducting a intensive summer course
  • Holding special guidance sessions for groups and individuals
  • Trips
  • Follow-up with police stations and security offices in the cases of street children

 

 

 

The Other Activities

 

Summer Club

 The Union organizes summer club every summer for children in refugee camps in order to provide opportunities for children in refugee camps to join summer club considering the current situation that no children club exist in refugee camps and many children club in Amman are very expensive for children in refugee camps. The Union provides a series of lesson such as computer, Arabic and English and various activities for children.

    Sport

  Swimming Pool

  Music

  Theater

  Short trip

Developing The Women's Union Members Capacities & Improving the Implementation Techniques of the Different Programs

  The Union implements various training courses for volunteer members in the Union in order to enhance their managerial skills and carry out projects more efficiently in the center and branches of the JWU.

  It training will concentrate on the following subjects:

 

        The Process of Decision Making

        Project Management

        Communication Skills

        Administrative Skills

        Report Writing 

 
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