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Reproductive health care in Jordan - key to empowering women and girls

Women listen intently during an awareness-session at the centre.

In the early morning hours, the Women’s Comprehensive Health Centre north of Amman, Jordan is already a hub of activity.

Women of all ages move in and out freely – some on their own, some with their babies, children and husbands in tow.

It’s a chance for these women to get out of their homes, to meet one another, and to take care of their own health and well-being, as well as that of their families.

But what impact does having access to quality services in your community really deliver for women in Jordan?

“When I first moved to Jordan from Syria, I lived in a refugee camp then moved to a tiny house on a roof. I had lost everything, and decided one day to throw myself off the very roof that was now my home. Fate brought the centre’s social worker to me that day. She helped me through that terrible time. Now, I come every week to the support group and have made friends. The centre gave me back my life and hope.”

- Rana*, a woman who regularly visits the Centre

Canada’s Minister of International Development advocates for women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights with UNFPA staff in Jordan

Reproductive health care

The centre is one of six that provides comprehensive reproductive health care for disadvantaged Jordanian, Syrian, and other vulnerable women in host communities across Jordan.

Supported by the Embassy of Canada to Jordan, this centre provides integrated reproductive health services and support to sexual and gender based violence (S-GBV) survivors.

Through a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Embassy’s initiative is set to improve access to, and availability of, family planning methods. It will also train service providers on the clinical management of rape protocol, including establishing a training centre in Za’taari refugee camp.

The increase in the refugee population has overwhelmed health services in Jordan. UNFPA-supported services provided at these centres include, for example, family planning, ante-and-post natal care, clinical management of rape, counselling, psychosocial support, anger management and awareness raising activities.

This integrated approach provides a stigma-free environment for S-GBV survivors and facilitates referrals so that patients get more complete care.

Women and girls are at the heart of Canada’s global efforts.

“Focusing Canada’s international assistance on the full empowerment of women and girls is the most effective way for our international assistance to make a difference in the world. Sustainable development, peace and growth that works for everyone are not possible unless women and girls are valued and empowered.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Feminist approach

This project is part of Canada’s announcement at the Family Planning Summit of funding (of up to $241.5 million) to support critical sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and information, and advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Canada is proud to support UNFPA’s programs in Jordan, which empower women and girls through the full realization of their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

When women and girls are aware of their rights, in control of their bodies, and are empowered, they are powerful agents of change in their families and communities.

Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy has also allocated $150 million over five years to respond to needs of local women’s organizations in developing countries that are working to advance the rights of women and girls and promote gender equality.

*Name has been changed to protect client’s privacy

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