human rights of marginalized groups
About 20 per cent of Jordanians live in remote rural communities, and approximately 19 per cent of rural population in Jordan is considered poor. Access to employment, education and basic services remains limited in such far-flung communities, exacerbated by the lack of adequate natural resources including water, fertile soil, and diversity of crops. The influx of Syrian refugees has created additional challenges in several of the country’s host communities, rising up the basic living costs and creating additional pressure on the local labor market.
Jordan is a host to a significant number of migrant workers employed especially in the construction sector, domestic work and factories inside Jordan’s tax-free industrial zones. Concentration of migrant workers to industrial hubs has however created challenges to the working conditions, and low wages, long working hours, and inadequate worker protection are reported. Traces of illegal human trafficking have also been revealed, and consequently the process of updating the Jordanian anti-human trafficking legislation is currently underway.
Future Pioneers takes seriously the protection of marginalized groups, who fall outside the legal and social protection systems offered to Jordanian nationals. Moreover, among the Jordanian population, we aim to support those who live in underserved communities and who belong to minority population groups. In our protection efforts we put a high emphasis on the socio-economic empowerment of people, in this way developing the agency of vulnerable populations themselves to influence their lives and defend their fundamental rights as human beings.
Changes in national regulations regarding work permits to Syrian refugees have opened avenues to a new type of job creation utilizing the skills-sets of both Syrian and Jordanian residents of local communities. Future Pioneers has vigorously engaged in needs assessments and market analyses to map potential for such new economic opportunities, and currently we are in the process of creating partnerships for the fast-track implementation of our identified project plans.
Protecting Human Rights of Migrant Workers
The project aims at strengthening the protection of domestic migrant workers and victims of human trafficking in Sahab City - located southeast of the capital Amman. Sahab City is currently a host to the two largest industrial zones in Jordan,...
Location: Sahab City, Amman governorate
Duration: August 2015 – February2017
Donor: IFRC and the European Unionmore details