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Sonia, 10 years, attends Arabic learning class in her local Makani centre. Photo: UNICEF

Exploring adolescent capabilities among the marginalised Dom community in Jordan

14.03.21 | Jordan

Bodily integrity | Bodily integrity and freedom from violence | Child marriage | Economic empowerment | Economic empowerment | Education | Education and learning | Gender norms | Jordan | Psychosocial well-being | Psychosocial well-being | SDGs | Sexual and reproductive health | Sexual reproductive health and nutrition | Voice and agency | Voice and agency

Authors

Megan Devonald, Nicola Jones, Agnieszka Małachowska, Sarah Alheiwidi, Wafa Al Amaireh, Faisal Alshammari, Qasem Shareef

The Dom minority community in Jordan are a highly marginalised group who face significant challenges in accessing their basic human rights. In this report we focus on two main sub-groups: the Bani Murra and the Turkmen. There is a clear lack of data on the well-being of young people from the Dom community in Jordan. This report aims to bridge this gap, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s commitment to ‘leave no one behind’. We draw on findings from qualitative interviews conducted with 60 adolescent boys and girls (aged 10–19 years), their primary caregivers, and key informants. We present the key findings in relation to GAGE’s capability domains and find that Dom adolescents face challenges across their capability domains due to the high levels of discrimination they face in the community. We conclude with a number of implications for policy-makers and programming.

Suggested citation
Devonald, M., Jones, N., Małachowska, A., Alheiwidi, S., Al Amaireh, W., Alshammari, F. and Shareef. Q. (2021) Exploring adolescent capabilities among the marginalised Dom community in Jordan. Report. London: Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence.


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