Under the patronage of His Beatitude Archbishop Suheil Dawani and his wife Shafeeqa, more than 100 women from the different Jordan Parishes attended the annual meeting of the Episcopal Women in Amman on Friday, 18 September 2015.
The one-day workshop started with a Holy Communion presided by AB Suheil and assisted by Canon Fa’eq Haddad, Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, and Faris Naoum.
These meetings provide an opportunity for women from around the parishes to come together as leaders, activists and world changers to meet, enjoy their time together and learn.
This year, the Guest Speaker, Ms. Reem El Far, a delegate of the Province, attended the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and was asked to share her experience in the annual meeting. CSW took place 9 - 20 March 2015 in New York.
Following the welcoming by Mrs. Leila Diab, member of the Steering Committee in Jordan, to the AB, parish priests and attendees, the workshop started.
Mrs. Diab then introduced Ms. El Far and invited her to share her experience. “It was an honor to be able to represent the Province and the Diocese at the CSW”, Reem started her presentation. She continued, “So much learning was acquired during this time which I am here to share with you; issues that are global while others are very much regional.”
As one of the 19 Anglican Representatives, she had the opportunity to present an overall review about the status of women in her country, and a comprehensive review about the Diocese of Jerusalem, its projects, programs, institutions and women's work.
In her presentation, Ms. El Far concentrated on several issues among which are topics such as, violence against women, education and training of women, women in power and decision making.
Furthermore, Reem shared with her group her first-hand experience to listening to Syrian and Iraqi women and the violence they face from ISIS and then conveyed the importance of the support of church leaders and churches to raise awareness about family violence.