Gender and PYD and Youth Engagement Communities of Practice Webinar
Girl Research and Learning (GRL) Power Project:
What can we learn from girl-led research in Jordan?
June 25, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m (EDT) (in Arabic)
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EDT) (in English)
The recording and slides from this webinar are available here.
“The voice of girls in our society is nearly absent”, a 16 year old GRL Power researcher describes. GRL Power project, funded through a YouthPower Learning grant, aims to shift the current paradigm by being one of the first of its kind in Jordan and in the region to implement girl-led research. Unlike traditional empowerment programs, girl-led research emboldens girls by providing them with the opportunity to practice leadership within their community. Implemented in three different areas in Jordan, GRL Power researchers explored the topic of safety among adolescent girls in their areas. Hear what the girl researchers have learned. How did this experience go? What did we learn? What were the findings of the research?
The goal of this webinar is to share GRL Power learning and the findings of research conducted by the girls. The three main takeaways of the webinar will be: 1) the story of GRL Power 2) the girl researchers’ research findings 3) lessons learned from implementing girl-led research in Jordan.
Ayah Al- Oballi: Senior Girl Center Officer, Mercy Corps
Reem Othman: Women’s Rights Regional Program Officer, Action Aid
Participating Researchers and Mentors:
Batool Abu Mahfouz:
Batool is 22 years old, holding a diploma in pharmacology. She is a volunteer with the Red Crescent. Batool’s work with GRL Power as a research mentor for Amman’s GRU was the first of its kind in her work experience. She benefited a lot from this experience and allowed her to further develop her personality.
Raneem Al Amiri:
One of GRL Power’s girl researchers in Amman, Raneem is 17 years old. She believes that her experience with the GRU helped raise her awareness about issues facing girls in her community.
Yara Al Halbouni:
Yara, 17 years old, aims to continue her education in social sciences. Yara enjoys volunteering and managing events. Yara hopes to serve other people in any work she does.
Raw’a Abu Mahfouz:
Raw’a is 17 years old. Her experience with GRL Power as a girl researcher helped her become stronger to defend her rights as a girl in her community. Raw’a aims to become a doctor one day, and considers this experience enriching for her knowledge in the community she lives in.
Safa’ Abu Ibraheem:
Safa’ is 18 years old. She aims to continue her studies in History. Safa’ enjoys volunteering and helping others. She was part of the Safe Cities project with ActionAid in their campaign against harassment. As a girl researcher with Amman’s GRU, Safa’ enjoyed her experience and learned about her community.
I’tidal Al Sul:
I’tidal is 17 years old. She aims to pursue a degree in Law. I’tidal believes that a lawyer should be aware of the issues that are facing different community members, and she considers that her experience as a researcher with Amman’s GRU has helped her increase this awareness and provided her with skills that she will need to achieve her goals.
Ahlam Al Khateeb:
One of the girl researchers in Amman, Ahlam is 17 years old. She enjoyed her experience with the GRU and hopes that their efforts would serve in creating a safe city for the girls.
Haneen Al Shawabkah:
Haneen is 25 years old holding a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. Haneen has 6 years of experience in volunteer work. She has worked with multiple local organizations and INGOs, including UNICEF, Women Leaders Academy, and the Ministry of Education. Haneen worked as a research mentor for Madaba’s GRU.
Ni’mat is 16 years old. She aims to become a doctor, with an interest also in media. Ni’mat is one of the girl researchers in Madaba’s GRU.
Aroub is 19 years old. She is a Law student. Aroub has one year of experience in volunteer work with UNICEF. Aroub is also a volunteer at Princess Basma Centers in different areas in Jordan. Aroub aims to become a lawyer who defends women’s and children’s rights after her graduation. She also hopes to become a role model in her community.
Omniya Al Ajouleen:
Omniyah started off as a girl researcher with Madaba’s GRU when she was 19 years old, and turned 20 during her time with GRL Power. Omniyah hopes to start her own business after she graduates from business school.
Abeer is 31 years old. She is the research mentor in Balqa’s GRU. Abeer has 8 years of experience as a trainer. She has experience with trainings on different topics, including: life skills, communication skills, and recycling. Abeer worked with multiple organizations including International Youth Foundation and Princess Basma Center. In her free time, Abeer enjoys reading and sports in general.
Enas Al Bsheish:
Enas started off as a girl researcher with Balqa’s GRU when she was 19 years old, and turned 20 during her time with GRL Power. Before GRL Power, Enas had volunteered with multiple initiatives. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in English Literature. In her free time, Enas enjoys reading and playing soccer and basketball. In the future, Enas aims to pursue a PhD.
Mona Al Ajrami:
Mona is 19 years old. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in counseling. Mona aims to open her own counseling clinic after graduation. Mona enjoys volunteering, and has volunteered with multiple initiatives before working as a girl researcher with Balqa’s GRU.
Salsabeel Al Muheisen:
Salsabeel is the youngest girl researcher among the three GRUs. Salsabeel is 15 years old. She is a volunteer at Princess Basma Center in her area. She aims to become a dentist in the future.