Originally published in The Jordan Times on 2 August 2018.
AMMAN — Dozens of Jordanian women from around the Kingdom have come together in “kitchen meetings”, an innovative platform created for them to discuss issues they face in their local communities, free of societal judgment.
The “kitchen meeting” format was launched last month by the Arab Network for Civic Education (ANHRE), which sought to “engage women and assess their needs through providing them a platform to express their needs and ambitions”, according to ANHRE’s Project Coordinator Tasneem Homouze.
Being set in a neighbour’s house as part of the Women Empowered for Leadership Project (WE4L), the “kitchen meetings” provided a more attractive and easy to access form of gathering for housewives, who usually did not get involved in governmental decision-making.
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