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Canada, JAF and IOM celebrate the groundbreaking of two Female Accommodations Buildings

The Embassy of Canada, JAF and IOM celebrate the groundbreaking of female accomodation buildings 

The Canadian Ambassador gives a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony 

25 April 2022 - IOM joined with officials from the Embassy of Canada to Jordan, represented by the Ambassador, Her Excellency Donica Pottie, officers from Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as well as officers from the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) to celebrate groundbreaking of two female accommodation buildings at the military command of Northern and Central regions.  

With the more than $6 million support from the Government of Canada, the new 18 month project aims to support the JAF Department of Military Women’s Affairs and Regional Commands with gender integration of Female Engagement Teams (FETs) through the construction of Female Accommodations Buildings.

The project responds to identified needs of JAF for adequate infrastructure to house female soldiers before integration can occur within the JAF Regional Commands.

With the construction of these buildings, the JAF will be able to increase the roles of its female soldiers to include duties within front line units. The ultimate goal of the project is to enhance the Border Guard Forces’ ability to respond to humanitarian situations or security situations involving women and children.

The project signals the Government of Canada’s continued commitment to Jordan’s stability, while supporting United Nations Security Council resolutions #1325 on women, peace and security.

This project is indirectly to support Jordan’s commitments under the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM)Objective 11 Manage borders in an integrated, secure and coordinated manner.

It will also further contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, particularly contributing to Target 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life, and SDG 9 Industries, Innovation and Infrastructure and its Target 9.1, Develop quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.

For further information, please contact: Saba Makkawi, Head of Migration Management Unit, Email: smakkawi@iom.int

SDG 5 - Gender Equality