President's Corner

Jordan Site Visit Day Four: What empowerment means

1 August 2019

Jordan Site Visit Day Four: What empowerment means

Nabeela is respected by the women at the Oasis 3 center and can teach many others how to weave. At home, in Syria, she hardly left the house and was completely dependent on her husband. It was in Za’atari, a camp that hosts 80,000 refugees, that she learned how to weave. What is even more remarkable, she has become the one who, today, actually takes the lead in her family. 

Through her work, she found a community of women who help each other in multiple ways. The Oasis centers, run by the dedicated and enthusiastic team of UN Women, are the only places to talk, to share fears and experiences, celebrate successes and exchange ideas. Time enjoyed there is an escape from the so called caravans, each the size of 5 x 3 meters, where the families find shelter and even water and electricity, but have no room to socialize with others. I was happy to see how Zonta’s financial support empowers the refugee women.

Photo (c) UN Women | Lauren Rooney 

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Eid bi Eid (Hand in Hand): Support to the resilience and empowerment of Syrian refugee and vulnerable Jordanian women




Susanne von Bassewitz is the 2018-2020 President of Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation.

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