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Youth to Stop Violence Against Women

Name of Organization: 
Geographical Scope: 
Type of Initiatives:
Country
Regions:
  • Arab States
Country:
  • Jordan
Purpose: 
This project will tackle the issue of violence against women (its roots, implementations, consequences, etc.) in a fully transparent manner with full involvement of the youth. The targeted group are the students at the three main universities in Jordan: Yarmuk University, Jordan University, and Mu-tah University, covering three geographical areas in the Kingdom. The project is implemented as part of the Centre's participation in the 16 Days Global Campaign against family violence.
 
The Center will organise specialized training workshop on CEDAW and violence against women (VAW), and other related national legislation, five-day campaigns at each university, and specialized seminars on honor crimes. The Center also conducts a study regarding the knowledge and attitudes of the participating students around issues of violence against women and women's rights. This is done through a pre and post intervention questionnaire. The events of this project took place between November 23 until December 16, 2004.
 
Overall Goals:
 
  1. To examine youth's knowledge and attitudes regarding violence against women and identify knowledge gaps of the youth with regard to issues of women''s rights.
  2. To provide the youth with clear and transparent information regarding violence against women in general and honor crimes in particular.
  3. To provide the youth with opportunities to express their opinion regarding this sensitive topic.
 
Justification:
  1. There are very limited researches regarding the knowledge and attitudes of Jordanian youth with regard to sensitive social topics such as violence against women, which makes it difficult to plan and implement successful initiatives for this target group.
  2. Youth are the wives, husbands, and parents of the future. Therefore they represent a very significant target group and one that needs a lot of attention.
  3. This group is very susceptible to efforts to change their social attitudes. Therefore interventions that aim to increase their awareness are quite successful, if adequate information is available regarding the baseline knowledge and attitudes of the target group.
Publications: 
4 information leaflets have been developed:
 
  1. Violence against women from an international perspective
  2. Violence against women and national legislation
  3. Sexual Harassment
  4. Useful resources in combating violence against women
 
Cost (specify currency): 
10 000 JOD
Funding sources: 
Freedom House
Source of Data: 
Using a combination of own and existing data
Type of Data Collection: 
Administrative Data
Aggregation of multiple indicators using various d...
Events registration
Focus groups
In depth interviews
Panel of experts
Performance assessment / Desk studies
Secondary sources
Measurement Methods / Tools Generated or Used : 
Both qualitative and quantitative data are collected in the form of pre-intervention data and post-intervention data and utilized throughout the project. A pre-intervention questionnaire was developed for the purpose of conducting a study regarding the knowledge and attitudes of students around issues of violence against women.
 
This questionnaire was divided into 3 parts to examine students' information, awareness and attitudes. Preliminary results from the study are available and work is underway to finalize and publish the study in both Arabic & English. A post- intervention questionnaire was also drafted and provided to the students in order to assess the impact of the training program on student's knowledge and awareness.
 
Comparative data will be included in the final research study. An open- ended questionnaire was also distributed to some of the students. Each of the 10 questions in this questionnaire gauged the students first and most natural response towards elements of the issue of violence against women.
 
The team from the Research and Documentation Unit examined their opinions and attitudes towards violence against women , its reasons and effects and the best ways to combat it.
Main Users: 
Civil society
Other
Researchers