NATO’s Special Representative on Women, Peace and Security, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman visited Amman, Jordan from 16 to 19 November 2015, in the context of the Jordan III Trust Fund project. “I am very grateful for the cooperation we have with Jordan. I believe this Trust Fund project will have a concrete impact and provide a leading example in the region to enhance the role of women across the security sector,” Ambassador Schuurman said.
The Trust Fund project supports the Jordanian Armed Forces in their goal to attain a 3% female representation and to offer women wider career opportunities. “This Trust Fund project is an excellent example of the practical work the Alliance does with its partners to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security,” Ambassador Schuurman said. This 3.6 million euro Trust Fund project enhances the role of servicewomen through policy, infrastructure and training initiatives. It will be carried out under the leadership of Norway and the Czech Republic.
In the first phase, the project helps Jordan to revise its Action Plan for military women, and facilitates exchanges of experience for all women in uniform across the security sector. The infrastructure pillar of the project will start next year, aimed at rebuilding a modern training centre with the capacity to train increasing numbers of military women in Jordan. The project will also develop gender training for women and men of all ranks. The project is executed by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, in cooperation with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.
L. J. De Rothschild