The Jordanian Women’s Union

The Jordanian Women’s Union (JWU), headquartered in Amman, is a non-governmental, democratically elected organization that is committed to improving the status of women.  It is one of the most prominent and influential women’s organizations in the Arab world and has established strong networks with women’s movements, both nationally and internationally.The JWU was established in 1945.  In 1957, martial law was declared in Jordan and all non-governmental organizations were dissolved.  Thus, the JWU was forced to disband.  In 1974, the organization re-emerged as the Women’s Union of Jordan and continued its activities until 1981 when, once again, it was compelled to discontinue its operations.  With the democratization of Jordan’s parliament in 1990, the Women’s Union of Jordan again resumed operation.  In 1994, it adopted its present name, the Jordanian Women’s Union.


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