Since 1999, WLP’s partner in Jordan, Solidarity is Global-Jordan (SIGI-J), has exemplified women’s way of leading, demonstrating how women who gain power can change the nature of power. For two decades, SIGI-J has been dedicated to supporting women and enhancing their skills through leadership, political participation, and human rights trainings. The organization has participated in ground-breaking coalitions that that have led to the repeal of discriminatory family laws, empowered Syrian refugee women in Jordan, and trained the next generation of Jordanian activists. In December 2019, staff, allies, and supporters celebrated SIGI-J’s 20-year anniversary.
Two Decades of Working for Change
As one of the founding partners of WLP, SIGI-J has played an integral role in the development of the Partnership’s transnational programs, curriculum, and advocacy campaigns. In 2003, SIGI-J organized the first regional training of trainers institute of the WLP Partnership, which remains one of WLP’s core programmatic areas, brought together women leaders from all over the Middle East and North Africa to develop their facilitation skills in order to train women to become leaders and advocates in their own communities. In 2009, they hosted leaders of 20 organizations from five continents for WLP’s annual strategic meeting . That same year, SIGI-J held the first Youth Tech Festival, an innovative workshop that engages youth to become advocates for equality using technology as a platform for change. Now in its 12th year, this festival continues to gather leading youth activists from all over Jordan to produce creative advocacy strategies that address critical issues in their communities using the latest technology.
A Celebration of 20 Years
On December 24, over 600 Jordanians from all 12 governates of the country gathered to commemorate this momentous anniversary. Activists, members of community-based originations, funders, media outlets, and government leaders including the Minister of Social Development attended the event. Founding members of SIGI-J and supporters recognized SIGI’s work, presented awards honoring activists’ commitment to gender equality, and shared videos about the history and accomplishments of SIGI-J.
Watch WLP’s video celebrating our partnership with SIGI-J and browse pictures from the celebration below.
Media Coverage of Event
Many regional and national media outlets attended the celebratory event, find more media coverage of the event below.
- “SIGI-J celebrates 20 years Since its Founding” (Arabic) - Click Here to Read
- Jordanian TV Report “Solidarity is Global-Jordan Launches New Strategy and Celebrates 20 Years Since its Founding” (Arabic) - Click Here to Read
- “SIGI-J Celebrates 20 Years Since its Founding” (Arabic) - Click Here to Read
- “SIGJ Celebrates its 20th Anniversary” (Arabic)- Click Here To Read
Around the world, the spread of COVID-19 is changing how civil society organizations (CSOs) are able to conduct their work and the global women’s movement in particular is facing extraordinary challenges. Organizations that amplify women’s voices and choices on issues ranging from personal status laws to reproductive health are now confronting unparalleled hurdles but are also finding innovative approaches to continue their work. Women’s Learning Partnership’s has mobilized to ensure that the needs of women are not overlooked in emergency responses to the pandemic. Our partners are adapting their programs and campaigns to address the evolving challenges by moving their events online, using messaging apps and social media to disseminate information, sensitizing journalists about the pandemic’s particular threats to women in the home and outside, raising funds for populations most at-risk, and even broadcasting messages by megaphone in communities where there is limited technology infrastructure and access to the web.
Across the globe, governments are enacting measures to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. They are closing borders, shuttering businesses, and ordering people to stay in their homes. However critical these lockdowns and curfews are for public safety and health, women’s rights activists are concerned about their potential unintended consequences for women. They fear that the government guidelines may lead to another public health crisis—a rise in violence against women in the home. Isolation, financial worries, and constant anxiety can contribute to violence in the home, and most often the victims of this type of violence are women in the family.
WLP’s partners around the world are aware of the escalation in violence towards women, and are mobilizing to respond.