Amman Youth Workshop
During the first week of July, EU JDID's Component 1 - Parliamentary Assistance, held a series of online workshops for youth in Amman Governorate.
In total, some 47 youth (22 women and 25 men) participated in the discussions that ttook place everyday from 12pm to 2pm. Each day witnessed the participation of an MP from the Jordanian House of Representatives, including MP Omar Qaraqish, MP Khair Abu Sai'lik, MP Qais Ziadin, MP Andre Hawari.
Discussions revolved around various youth related topics, including the obstacles hindering youth's political participation, and the economic situation, notably poverty and unemployment. Overall, the youth mentioned the weaknesses and the uncertainty of the agendas of the political parties, which lead to the inefficient involvement of the youth. They also expressed fear that the rates of unemployment would increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The discussions were organised within the framework of the EU-JDID programme and moderated by Mr Eyas Ghreiz.
The workshops were the final of a series of activities targeting youth implemented by EU-JDID, Component Parliamentary Support, throughout the 12 Governorates. The main objective of these activities is to:
- Support youth engagement in parliamentary work
- Raise their political awareness
- Build youth capacities
- Give them a platform to meet their elected representative in the House of Representatives.
During these seminars, youth share challenges they face and raise concerns to seek possible support from MPs and the government, especially in terms of unemployment, poverty reduction and limited life opportunities.