Is Jordan on The Way to Allowing Women to Pass Citizenship to Their Children?

Published August 7th, 2017 - 10:04 GMT
Is Jordan on The Way to Allowing Women to Pass Citizenship to Their Children?  (AFP/File)
Is Jordan on The Way to Allowing Women to Pass Citizenship to Their Children? (AFP/File)

Several meetings will be held in the near future with  government officials to address the “immediate need” to grant rights to Jordanian women married to foreigners, according to MP Khaled Awad (Amman, 3rd District).

Awad told The Jordan Times on Sunday that he will host these meetings after he witnessed "no response” from the government to a sit-in staged at the Prime Ministry on July 26, which sought to protest “the government’s failure” to meet its pledges regarding the rights of children born to local women married to foreigners.

The protest was planned under the campaign “My mother is Jordanian and her nationality is a right for me”, which has organised over 75 sit-ins across the country to denounce the issue since 2009.

“This campaign is urging society to see the reality that Jordanian women married to foreigners are living in,” Ramadan stated, explaining that “the government promised to give facilities to the children of local women, but the truth is that nothing has been applied — and this is why it is necessary to take further action and claim their rights.”

 

Campaigners welcomed a victory earlier this year, when parliamentarians voted in favour of limiting the authority to issue residency for children of Jordanian women married to foreigners to the Interior Ministry.

Back in 2014, the government had pledged to ensure the application of a number of rights for children of Jordanian women, provided that their mothers had been living in Jordan for at least five years.

However, protesters insist that the official identification documents issued to the children of local women married to non-Jordanians are not being recognised at most governmental institutions.

Rami Wakeel, one of the lead campaigners of “My mother is Jordanian and her nationality is a right for me”, doubts the seriousness of the statements made by the government. 

 “They simply wrote down our demands promising they would do something about it, but, at the end of the day, they did nothing,” Wakeel complained, adding that “there are children in this country, born to Jordanian women, who will still not be able to have jobs, vote or finish their higher education in public institutions”.

Wakeel did not provide any details regarding the future actions to be taken within the campaign, “but we will continue to stage protests until we get our rights,” he assured.


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