Launch of the Joint Research Project between the IRCKHF and LRC

December 21, 2016 - Amman, Jordan - The Information and Research Center – King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF) launched on Wednesday, in partnership with the Parliament’s Legislative Studies and Research Center (LRC) the start of the first joint research project between the two centers.  This new research falls under the project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ Human Rights Fund towards building the research capacity of and gender mainstreaming the Parliament’s Legislative Studies and Research Center.
The research will focus on the theme of gender equity and women’s rights in Parliament legislation.  The research builds on the missions of both centers, IRCKHF’s mission to bridge the gap between research and policy by mobilizing knowledge, and LRC’s mission to provide research and information services for members of the Board, committees and parliamentary blocs and coalitions to strengthen parliamentary work and the role of the Legislative Council and the House of Representatives.  Dr. Aida Essaid, IRCKHF Director emphasized the importance of this partnership between the two research centers, as both are responsible for providing policy makers with critical and gender sensitive information for evidence-based policies.  “At a time when social exclusion is a growing threat in Jordan and the region, it is crucial that gender sensitivity is taken into consideration in policies.” Dr. Essaid reminded the audience that gender mainstreaming has globally been proven to enhance social cohesion and economic development, as it is based on the principles of inclusion and equity, and that these are also the pillars of the King Hussein Foundation.  The Parliament’s Legislative Studies and Research Center Director, Dalia Bseiso, also talked about the complementary relationship of the two centers and the importance of both the project and the new research partnership. The Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands John van der Zande said that the importance of gender mainstreaming in democratic processes cannot be underestimated. It is in every country’s own interest to make sure that women are actively involved in society, in the economy, and in political decision-making. The Netherlands is, therefore, in favor of supporting campaigns to strengthen gender equity in public policies. 
The project’s manager, Ayed Tayyem, gave a presentation about what had been accomplished so far in the gender mainstreaming and research capacity building process.  He also noted that three manuals had been produced as a result of the project so far; a gender mainstreaming manual customized for the LRC, a research skills manual, and a manual for accessing gender and human rights information in HAQQI Information Zone.  During the launch, certificates were given to all participants who had completed both gender mainstreaming and research skills trainings, and the participants from both centers discussed what they had benefited so far from the trainings and partnership.
In the next phase of the project, LRC will put to use the skills acquired in a research project in partnership with the IRCKHF team looking at to what extent women’s issues are a priority in the Parliament, and whether or not gender considerations are taken in all policies and legislation. Moreover, the executive director of Al Quds Center for political studies Hala Salem highlighted their experience in monitoring the Jordanian Parliament focusing on gender indicators.
In the final part of the event, audience members which included those from civil society, the media, and the public sector, highlighted what points they felt needed to be asked within the research.  Once the research has been conducted, the findings will be validated and shared with the Parliament in order to develop practical and critical policy recommendations before sharing them with the public. For more information about the project, go to www.irckhf.org.