Article 6 (i) of our Constitution stipulates: “There shall be no
discrimination between Jordanians as regards to their rights and duties
on grounds of race, language or religion”.
Amazingly enough, in a country with a very limited racial pool, an even more limited language pool, and an almost non-existent pool of different religions, the one factor that would affect 50% of our country’s population has been left out: Gender.
Granted, many constitutions don’t directly use the word “gender” in their constitutions, but the omission of this specific word is affecting our rights as Jordanian woman. Yes, in Jordan, as women, we can vote, we can work and move freely, we can hold governmental positions, and we can do a lot of what we want with our lives. But some essential rights are lacking.
1. As a Jordanian woman, I am equal to a Jordanian man. I MUST be able to give my Jordanian nationality, i.e. my IDENTITY as a Jordanian, to my children. As a Jordanian woman, I am proud of being a Jordanian woman. As a Jordanian woman, I want my children to also be Jordanian.
2. As a woman, the Personal Status Law fails to adequately address discrimination against me.
3. As a woman, Articles 97, 98, 100, 340, and 345 affect my safety and my well-being in my own country.
As a Jordanian woman, I demand that our Constitution, which is currently undergoing changes, to also consider the silent half of our country.