Qais Al Sawalqa, 22 Ma’an

Together for Gender Equality

As its name suggests, the goal of Qais’ ‘Together for Gender Equality’ initiative is to overcome the cultural restrictions and patriarchal norms that hinder young women’s participation in day-to-day and political life. With a focus on the Governorate of Ma'an and the Northern Badia, the initiative is geared towards promoting female empowerment and equality in students by encouraging their participation in extracurricular programs and activities in schools, universities, and youth centers. Over 100 young women have participated to date in programs aimed at spreading awareness and training in community participation, networking, partnership building, personal and leadership skills, and political involvement, with hopes to greatly increase this number in the future and promote a culture of gender equality.