Stories of Discrimination in the Workplace in Jordan

Multiple forms of discrimination and other structural barriers prevent women from participating in the labour market on an equal footing with men: low salaries, limited opportunities for reaching leadership positions, and inadequate child care are prominent examples.

In collaboration with the National Committee on Pay Equity and the International Labour Organization, some women in Jordan have decided to share their stories of discrimination in the workplace. They have been treated unfairly,and have had enough.

Women’s jobs and qualifications remain undervalued due to stereotypes and prejudices, social and cultural norms designating men as breadwinners and women as homemakers. The absence of effective legislation and regulations, a lack of familiarity with women’s rights, and women’s weak representation and bargaining power all contribute to undervaluing women’s contribution to the labour market.