Dr. Nawal Al-Faouri is a local councillor and one of only seven women senators in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Most Jordanians, men and women, have a high standard of education. But women still make up only a quarter of the workforce, and just three per cent of managers. One explanation, a recent survey suggests, is that women in Jordan lack confidence in themselves and other working women, don’t have strong career goals, and view work simply as a means of earning money. To challenge this, Nawal set up her own school, the Ibn Taymaih, 40 kilometres outside Amman, aimed at educating a new generation of young women about their rights.
Production: Jordan Pioneers