Employment Discrimination and Protection of Women: Legal reform to increase job opportunities for women in Jordan



Several texts and provisions in Jordanian legislation involve discrimination against women. Among these texts are those related to women’s participation in the labor market, where many provisions need to be amended, as outlined in the World Bank’s annual report “Women, Business and the Law” (WBL), which was published in February 2022.

In line with popular demands and international recommendations, the amendment of Article 69 of the Jordanian Labor Law No. (8) of the year 1996 (“Labor Law”) would give women more freedom by removing all restrictions imposed on their work, and eliminating discrimination against them, considering that one of the most important traits of justice and equality is non-discrimination. Discrimination based on race, skin color, or gender may lead to hatred in society, as well as a lack of opportunities for all.

Lana Salamah | Founder & Managing Partner of JC LAW - Jordan