Girls in Jordan are at risk of gender-based violence and early or forced marriage. Young Jordanian and Syrian refugee girls can be kept from going to school for various cultural reasons and financial desperation can lead parents to force their daughters into early marriage.
Abuse and child marriage
According to Jordanian law, 18 is the legal age for marriage, but a girl can get married as young as 15 if a judge allows.
Awareness and knowledge among communities on gender-based violence is limited, and a number of factors contribute to an exacerbation of child marriage, such as the prolonged nature of displacement, economic insecurity, the perception that marriage will provide protection for girls in an unstable environment, and a lack of alternative opportunities.
Girls who do not attend school are more likely to be married early or turn to domestic work, and survivors of child marriage are at higher risk of other types of sexual and gender-based violence.
Working to confront gender inequality, gender-based violence, gender roles, and stereotypes. Plan International Jordan targets adolescent girls in Jordan’s host communities and Azraq refugee camp to provide them with education opportunities such as life skills and vocational training to give them alternative options to early marriage.
Plan International Jordan’s programmes work with adolescent girls and boys to raise awareness of gender based violence. Adolescents build their self-confidence and learn how to protect themselves and stand up for their rights. Our activities teach the importance of consent and respecting others, as well as supporting survivors of abuse to find different ways to cope.
Plan International Jordan also works on sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescent girls and boys, providing them with trustworthy information about sexual health and the physical and emotional changes they experience during puberty.
In the context of Jordan’s taboo culture, Plan International Jordan strives to find creative ways to discuss sensitive topics, such as sex, birth control, healthy relationships, and early marriage, with adolescents in safe spaces.
Plan International Jordan’s I Will campaign empowers girls to make healthy decisions, take control over their lives, and say #IWillWithWill. We understand that by creating supportive spaces for girls to learn, they can be emboldened to lead, decide, and thrive.
Plan International Jordan works in communities to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality and the benefits of education for girls. This means we also work with parents, boys, and men in encouraging them to support the girls in their families and local communities.