Expanding Jordan’s Workforce Through Policy Change
Achieving an inclusive, strong economy means full participation of women in the workforce.
Abt’s main focus on the Jordan Communications, Advocacy and Policy (JCAP) project was women’s reproductive health. But another key component was helping the government reform policy to promote flexible working arrangements so that women and people with disabilities who needed such flexibility could work. A study by the Higher Population Council found that the majority of women withdrew from the workforce after marriage due to their inability to manage their work and home responsibilities. The Flexible Working Model (FWM) gives employees several options such as working part-time, working remotely, changing daily start times, and modifying their weekly or yearly work schedule.