Involving women in peace and security in Jordan: Although the National Action Plan for SCR 1325 has been passed, it does not come as a surprise that there is a lack of inclusion of women. Women are not consulted in national disarmament initiatives and so the Arms Race needs to stop in the region, as our Jordanian partners have recommended. There is also a need for supporting Jordan’s resources as it continues to host Palestinian, Iraqi, and now Syrian refugees.

“In Jordan, the draft National Action Plan for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 has been prepared by the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) in collaboration with civil society.

This action plan stipulates increasing the number of women in security forces and in the army. However, whether it is sufficient in the inclusion of women is questionable.

Supporting Disarmament in Jordan

Although Jordan has started to deploy women in peace-keeping forces, when it comes to national disarmament initiatives, women are not consulted. They feel helpless and urge for the support of the international and UN agencies. This is because, in Jordan, armament is carried out secretively in closed rooms.
Disarmament will remain an issue of concern in Jordan and in the neighbouring Arab countries because of the internal conflicts and the Israeli occupation as long as governments are making use of tension in the region to keep high armament and even support an arms race.

Therefore, peace and security are essential to salvage the region from conflicts and wars.

The Need to Stop Arms Race in the Region

We need a just and peaceful solution to the Palestinian problem and UN initiatives to stop arms race in our region.

Women should and must be included on every level and in all negotiations when it comes to peace and security.

Jordan, the safe haven for all those deprived of their homeland, belongings and stability, has been the host country for both the Iraqi and Palestinian refugees and now the Syrian refugees.

Along with children, women constitute the largest numbers of refugees. After all, they are half the population and their exclusion enhances their insecurity and as a result all nations in the region.

Finally, Jordan, a country with very limited natural resources and among the poorest in water is shouldering the economic burden of hosting the refugees and their impact on local communities.

Therefore, we call on the international community and donors to meet their commitments and support Jordan.”