'Economic empowerment key to assisting victims of violence'
october 16, 2009
Expert in violence against women
By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN - The Kingdom must do more to economically empower women victims of violence in order to tackle the phenomenon, an international expert said.
Ludy Green, an international expert on financial independence for abused women, said that although Jordan has shelters for women victims of violence, authorities and civil society should focus on bettering women’s financial situation.
“You can save a woman, one woman at a time… how you help in changing someone’s life is the most important,” Green said in a press conference on Thursday.
During her five-day stay in the Kingdom, Green met with government and business leaders, academicians and NGOs to discuss economic empowerment of women as a solution to combat violence against women.
Green, an international spokesperson on financial independence for victims of violence and their children, is the president and founder of Second Chance Employment Services, a nonprofit organisation seeking employment for battered and abused women.
During her visit to Jordan, Green visited Dar Al Aman and Dar Al Wifaq shelters and held a workshop for workers at the Ministry of Social Development’s shelter.
Meanwhile, during a press conference held last week to introduce Green, US Ambassador to Jordan Robert Beecroft said the Kingdom has made progress on tackling human trafficking.
Following the progress the country has made in strengthening its laws against human trafficking, Jordan was recently upgraded to Tier II status in the annual US Trafficking in Persons Report, he noted.
“In February, Jordan passed a law on human trafficking and issued regulations in August regarding rights of domestic workers,” the ambassador said.
He added that Jordan was “good in putting together an anti-trafficking committee to deal with workers from third world countries, as well as having shelters for violence victims”.
“The government realised that there is a problem and they are addressing this problem,” Beecroft noted.
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