Mentoring Day at University of Jordan
Coinciding with the University of Jordan (UJ) celebration of International Women’s Day, Dr. Azmi Mahafzah, president of the University patronized the launch of the Mentoring Day and the graduation ceremony of the second round of ANA HUNNA Female Mentoring students and mentors.
A high level guest, HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) and member of the senate, gave an inspiring speech to the audience. The event was also attended by a number of deans, academics, representatives of CSOs, and university students.
In her speech, the Director of Center for Women’s Studies (CWS), Dr. Abeer Dababneh highlighted the University’s pride in implementing this pioneer female mentoring program, which creates a solid linkage between education outputs and labor market requirements. She noted that the program could succeed as a result of the fruitful partnership between CWS and GIZ EconoWin. Moreover, Dr. Dababneh announced the establishment of ANA HUNNA National Alliance, which will continue to rally support for initiatives that help further the call for increased women’s economic integration and empowerment throughout the country.
Hildegard Vogelmann, EconoWin programme director pointed out that ANA HUNNA female mentoring provides the female student mentees with the essential skills needed to support them in their transition period into the labor market. She highlighted the leading role of the UJ and CWS in carrying out this program and the positive impact it created within UJ community.
Through his speech as a keynote speaker, HE Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh commended the efforts of UJ and the CWS. He stated that the age of knowledge is mostly characterized by gender equality and that women don’t need empowerment, however, they need to educate themselves by themselves using information and communication technology to become world knowledge leaders.
During the ceremony, a group of mentors reflected on their experiences within the project as well as highlighting their success with their mentees.
The second ANA HUNNA female mentoring round targeted 22 female students from various faculties of UJ to facilitate their access to the labor market, paired with 22 female mentors who are either businesswomen or entrepreneurs. The program was not only beneficial to the students, but also to the mentors who expanded their contacts with the mentees, exchanged information, networked with other mentors and strengthened their communication and consulting skills.
Following the ceremony, certificates were presented to students, mentors and volunteer trainers. Moreover, project partners from the private sector and civil society institutions held specialized sessions for UJ students on recruitment, entrepreneurship and volunteerism.