In August 2013, a group of high-level policymakers and experts, including Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., traveled to Jordan to learn how U.S. investments are helping the country address both its long-term development as well as the refugee crisis.
More than 2.5 million people have fled the country
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CARE began work in Jordan in 1948 to meet the needs of Palestinian refugees displaced with the creation of Israel. Currently, economic participation of women remains lower here than in other countries in the region despite comparatively higher educational attainment. Traditional values that restrict women’s rights are compounded by discrimination in the workplace. Jordan also has one of the lowest levels of water resource availability per capita in the world.
As the population doubles over the next two decades, water scarcity will become an even greater problem and will challenge farmers to improve food security through environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.
Jordan has been host to an estimated 450,000 refugees fleeing violence and insecurity in Iraq and received hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Syria conflict. We are working to meet the needs of poor farmers, women, and these refugees, all affected by conflict, economic disparity, discrimination or a fragile resource base.
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SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
The ongoing armed conflict in Syria has affected more than 8.6 million people, including 4 million children. We’re working to help the more than 2 million Syrian refugees struggling to survive.
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CARE Jordan has a program where refugees from Iraq come together to learn literacy, form creative teams, and work with the elderly. Women are taught team-building and skills like embroidery and cooking, and create products that can be sold to help generate revenue for their family.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.
This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.