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Stories from the field

World Refugee Day in Jordan

Debora Flaminia DRAGHI MANOEL in Jordan
Actionaid Hellas (Greece)
About the Project
The work of Alianza por la Solidaridad (APS) field office in Amman focuses on the promotion of women’s rights and economic empowerment, and the eradication of gender-based violence (GBV). Its actions aim to target the national population as well as refugees, most of which come from Syria.

World Refugee Day is on 20 June. Data from June 2020 showed that there are 80 million people that are forcibly displaced, whose 26 million are refugees, and 6.6 million are Syrian refugees. Today, 1% of the world’s population is displaced and the number is only rising. Jordan hosts refugees that mainly come from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other 54 nationalities.

As a volunteer in employability and economic empowerment, I apply my knowledge and skills to support communities becoming self-reliant and independent from humanitarian aid.

Alianza por la Solidaridad field office based in Amman has specifically adopted a gender-based strategy. It prioritizes the promotion of women’s rights, women’s active participation in society, and women’s economic empowerment. It also invests in capacity building initiatives for its own staff, so they can be better trained to deliver services, for example to provide support to survivors of GBV.  It is my first time working as EU Aid Volunteer for a non-governmental organization that places gender at the centre of its work. As the first volunteer of Alianza por la Solidaridad that works in livelihoods, I needed to conduct extensive desk-research on livelihoods and gender to get a better insight into the host country and the topic in itself. Now I coordinate a research project on cash assistance to refugees and how this intervention affects survivors of GBV, especially within referral management. However, I have to learn first about the work other organizations are doing on cash-based interventions and the relation they have established to survivors of GBV. While doing so, I hope to promote cooperation with local organizations to maximise resources and get closer to our goal. There are many organizations in Jordan to support forced displayed population, and yet communication and cooperation among them could be improved. Even after 10 years of humanitarian assistance, there are still many areas for improvement. But the truth is we see this as a challenge that helps us grow in our commitment to the people and the protection of their rights.

I also assist delivering training in different cities of Jordan on gender issues. The purpose of the training is to raise awareness and capacitate women working in Community Based Organizations (CBOs) so they can provide better services but also share their knowledge with other women. It is important for us to include men in our strategy, as they play a key role preventing GBV and shifting societal norms, thus we also work directly with them.

Living in Jordan and working closely with affected communities is being an incredible experience and I definitely look forward to engaging with more local organization in my willingness to support local communities and refugees.

World Refugee Day in Jordan