ILO in Jordan trains women cooperative members on labour law and OSH in agriculture

The training will strengthen the capacities of cooperative members to raise awareness among Jordanian and Syrian female agricultural workers on labour-related issues.

The ILO will hold a two-day training for members of the Specific Union for Farmer Women (SUFW), a network of local cooperatives and unions in Jordan, on the country’s Labour Law and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), in efforts to strengthen their capacity to raise awareness among Jordanian and Syrian female agricultural workers.

The training workshop, which will mostly target heads of agriculture cooperatives, will focus on different aspects of the Labour Code, as well as workers’ rights and responsibilities including the provision of contracts and work permits. The training will also give an overview on OSH-related aspects in agricultural, such as equipment required in the field.

The workshop falls under the activities of an ILO project titled "Formalizing access to the legal labour market for refugees and host communities in Jordan" funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration of U.S. State Department, which seeks to support Jordanians as well as Syrian refugees in accessing decent work in Jordan’s labour market through skills development in a number of sectors.

In addition to the awareness raising sessions which will be developed for around 400 agricultural female workers, the ILO will support female workers through others activities, such as piloting community-based childcare arrangements in selected farms and providing transportation for women workers to and from their place of work.