Cultural taboos force Jordanian women into silence over sexual abuses

Rashida Manjoo

Women in Jordan remain silent about sexual harassment and violence because of certain traditional and cultural taboos, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert.

Rashida Manjoo was recently in the country for a 14 day visit to investigate violence against women, its causes and consequences.

Jordan had come a long way in terms of educating women and girls, she noted. But despite this achievement, women only comprise 14% of the labour force in the country.

Manjoo called for the government to further promote equality and non-discrimination for women by adopting special measures such as additional quotas, positive action or preferential treatment to advance women’s integration.

But she warned that a purely legal or programmatic approach will not be sufficient to achieve women's equality, given the traditional roles that the majority of them have conventionally undertaken.

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