Solidarity is Global Institute/Jordan
Solidarity is Global Institute/Jordan
جمعیة معھد تضامن النساء الأردني
SIGI/J promotes women’s rights and the full participation—politically, economically, and socially—of women and girls in public life in Jordan, through capacity building, civil society engagement, advocacy, and direct social, psychological, legal aid services.
Partner Focus Areas
Ending violence and discrimination against women
Women’s political participation and legal literacy
Engaging men and boys in community activism
Reform of discriminatory policies and legislation
Partner since 2001
Annual youth tech festival for civic engagement
Gender sensitive elections monitoring
Empowering Syrian refugees and host communities
- SIGI/J was instrumental in the abolition of Article 308 of Jordan’s penal code, which allowed rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims. As part of its advocacy, SIGI/J launched the “Najat” Campaign and formed the Jordanian Civil Coalition for Abolishing Article 308, which comprised members of parliament, the senate, media, other local organizations, and community leaders. SIGI/J produced and disseminated a documentary film based on a true story about a victim of Article 308, and created posters, leaflets, research papers, opinion articles, and press releases to educate the public. It also collaborated with the media to raise awareness on violence against women using many popular audio, visual, and social media platforms. The Jordanian Parliament officially scrapped Article 308 in summer 2017.
- SIGI/J has partnered with the Correction Rehabilitation Center (CRC) to support women detained under administrative procedures for family-related issues, many of whom are at risk of becoming victims of honor crimes. SIGI/J provides detainees with services through the “housing shelters for at-risk women” system, an important alternative to administrative detention for women and girls who have been victims of violence. As of 2017, SIGI/J has served over 121 women detainees, 52 of whom were successfully released from prison.
- SIGI/J has introduced several amendments to Jordan’s Protection from Domestic Violence Law No. 6 (2008), which provides women with legal protections against domestic abusers. SIGI/J consults with experts in health, law, psychology, and religion, as well as victims, to shape their ongoing advocacy strategies to amend Jordan’s domestic violence legislation.
- In 2017, as a result of an advocacy campaign by SIGI/J, the Jordanian Penal Code was amended to provide divorced women the right to approve medical procedures for their children.
- SIGI/J’s nationwide activism in 2000 was a key factor in the 2001 passage of a law raising the minimum age of marriage in Jordan from 15 to 18.
- SIGI/J's advocacy campaign with stakeholders, decision-makers, media, and other civil society organizations, had a significant impact on amendments to the Personal Status Law. For example, regarding inheritance rights, women often would waive their inheritance to other (usually male) family members immediately after the death of a relative. To reduce women’s vulnerability to exploitation at this time, SIGI/J advocated introducing a waiting period for the waiver of at least 3 months after the death of the relative, to provide women time to make the decision.
Wherever and whatever you are doing, it’s important to continue having big dreams, because if your dream is not there, the motivation to continue will be lost. I hope that in the coming year I will continue working in the areas of women’s participation and legal protection, changing the power relations in society, and being part of the democratic and feminist movement in my country, regionally and internationally.
The percentage of women in Jordan who will experience physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime. UNWomen Global Database on Violence against Women