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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.
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
· To guarantee security for abused women instead of holding them under custody in prison
provide psychological rehabilitation for abused women
The Child to
The Child to Childe Program has implemented by Baqa'
branch since 2001 in order to hence the cultural, educational and social level
aims at improving the cultural and social level of children in the camp. The
following groups will benefit from the programs:
Jordanian Women's Union – Baqa' Branch
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
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
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
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
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
To decrease the number of children with
behavioral problems in the camp
The Other Activities
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.
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