“It is time to drop stereotypes.”
ANA HUNNA Mentors Share Insights during Interactive Session with Media
“It is time to drop stereotypes. Bringing professional women forward is a must and ANA HUNNA female mentoring project is a great model to exhibit this” says Dr. Lina Jazzrawi, a freelancer, researcher, trainer and AH mentor in this years’ ANA HUNNA mentoring round. During an interactive discussion session amongst ANA HUNNA mentors and media representatives organized and in the frame of ANA HUNNA female mentoring project and held by the Center for Women’s Studies (CWS), Dr. Jazzrawi finds clear words to express her thoughts. She and other mentors exchange with media representatives about the concept of mentoring, the importance of women’s economic empowerment amid low female economic participation. Also, most participants pointed out the key role of media plays in portraying women, showcasing role models who spur positive change among female youth.
The session also touched on the vital role of mentors in the mentoring relationship through supporting, guiding and offering different perspectives to ambitious female students. Ihsan Barakat, first female to be appointed as chief district attorney in Jordan and ANA HUNNA mentor asserts “I think the mentor-mentee relationship is much more of a mutual exchange than most people would expect, it’s about being exposed to different perspective from your own.”
The media representatives were impressed by the commitment of the mentors and Laila Azzeh, Jordan Times reporter pointed out “The mentors don’t take their responsibility lightly, they’re committed and willing to continually share information and their ongoing support with the mentee voluntarily which is unique.” All regarded ANA HUNNA mentoring as highly valuable activity that should be offered to more students; and thus expressed interest in providing more coverage to topics related to women and work.
ANA HUNNA is running its second round of Female Mentoring in cooperation with the University of Jordan’s Center for Women’s Studies, involving 25 Inspirational female role models. The project is implemented in the frame of the GIZ programme Economic Integration of Women in the MENA Region – EconoWin on behalf of the BMZ.