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Empowering Female Council Members through Mentoring

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion, © GIZ/ Mohammad Magayda

08.04.2019 - Artikel

At the end of March 2019, a pilot mentoring project for women in local governance councils was completed after nine months of intense work. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) the project was implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW).

The participants agreed that the project was a great success, as the mentoring approach provided a unique learning opportunity by offering critical knowledge for the work in the local governance councils and individual guidance to overcome challenges.

The closing ceremony of the mentoring project held on 27 March 2019 was attended by H.E. Eng. Musa Maaytah, the Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs, who highlighted in his speech that „We have to learn that women are taking the lead and they have the right to play an important role in elections“. Dr. Johanna Speer, Head of Cooperation at the German Embassy in Amman, underlined that „mentoring is a tool that provides relevant support to women and makes a tangible difference to women in decision-making positions“. She congratulated the women who – on top of their work and family – take an active role in local politics and represent their communities. She highlighted that in 2019 German-Jordanian Development Cooperation is celebrating its 60 years anniversary and that Germany will continue to address issues thatare of high relevance to Jordan.  


During the project, twelve tandems worked together on the individual goals of the mentees.  With the support of their mentors, they have developed in their professional and personal capacities. The mentees also benefitted from trainings in areas such as media, networking and community engagement provided by the group of mentors who are experienced and influential women from different backgrounds and sectors. In two regional events with participants from Palestine and Lebanon, the mentors and mentees were able to share experiences and exchange lessons learned at a regional level.

The mentoring project has created a strong network of women leaders that will continue to empower and qualify women who aspire to enter and succeed in local politics. It is part of the regional project „Strengthening Women in Decision Making in the Middle East (LEAD)“.

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