Jordan: The Ministry of Transport Kingdom of Jordan has recently shared an update regarding the participation in a workshop organized by the World Bank under the theme of “Economic Empowerment of Women.”
As per the updates, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport, Engineer Wassam Al-Tathamouni, has stated that “Jewel of Arabia News Ministry of Transport participates in the International Bank workshop “On Economic Empowerment of Women” Jewel of Arabs News on Tuesday, March 28th, 2023 at 02:50 pm.
The reports have further added that when many women refuse to work, some of them prefer to withdraw from the labour market because there is no public transport that can meet their needs and help them commute.
Meanwhile, at the workshop on the Economic Empowerment of Women, several essential topics were discussed, among which the Role of Public Transport and Active Transport was organized by the World Bank Group on Monday evening via Zoom.
The Ministry of Transport further pointed out that the economic participation of women in Jordan in the total workforce has reached only 16%, making it the lowest proportion globally, said reports.
Furthermore, it was explained that a 2018 study reported that 47% of women surveyed in Jordan rejected a job opportunity due to the current state of the public transport system due to some major challenges in using transportation, including the lack of effective availability, the time it takes to arrive, and the weakness of women’s affordability compared to income, in addition to other cultural and social parameters.
As per the sources, the Ministry of Transport has started implementing a number of projects to strengthen women’s efforts, including rehabilitation of launch and access centres along with providing them with lighting and surveillance cameras to become safer.
Moreover, the high-frequency bus project between Amman and Zarqa inside Amman and the urban transportation project in the cities of Irbid and Zarqa, and the application “My Transportation”, which will be launched soon and will work Information, opinions and observations on public transport services in Jordan to evaluate services for improvement and update performance indicators.
Notably, the workshop was attended by a panel of experts from the UK, Canada, Lebanon and the World Bank and aimed to highlight the role that public transport and active transport play in women’s access to economic opportunities.