Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gender Issues: Female employees still exploited in Jordan despite legislation

MENAFN - Jordan Times reports that despite laws and regulations protecting women's labour rights, they continue to be exploited by their employers and denied their basic rights, according to a study released on Tuesday.

The study, carried out by the National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA), attributed the practice to the fact that the majority of working women are ignorant about their rights guaranteed by labour laws.

NCFA Secretary General Haifa Abu Ghazaleh said the study examined and analysed laws and regulations governing women's employment to provide a supportive environment that encourages women to take part in the country's sustainable development process.

"The council seeks to study and analyse all laws related to the family and women, and find legal loopholes that prevent women from enjoying their rights endorsed by international conventions and human rights principles," Abu Ghazaleh said yesterday.

The study called for awareness-raising programmes to acquaint women with their rights and responsibilities
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