Jordan: Give women equal citizenship rights to men

UPDATE 12 NOVEMBER 2014: Progress! Equality Now and our partners, the Arab Women Organization and the “My mother is Jordanian and her nationality is a right for me” campaign, welcome the Jordanian government’s 9 November announcement granting certain rights to children of Jordanian women married to non-nationals. Endorsed by the Prime Minister, these children will now be granted special identity cards, free access to public schools and health care, access to jobs, residence permits, driver’s licenses and permission to own property and invest in business, among other rights. Such access would considerably improve the lives of the affected children. We urge the government to implement these changes as soon as possible within the announced six month time period.

While applauding this step, Equality Now and our partners continue to call on  the government to remove the discrimination from the nationality law itself so that women will have the same nationality rights as men. This will ensure that they and their families can enjoy the same access and benefits and have the ability to contribute as full members of society.

Thank you for your support, and please continue to watch this space for further updates and calls for action.

“(My mother is) Jordanian & her nationality is my right.”

Equality Now has issued an Action calling on Jordanian authorities to amend their Nationality Law to give women equal citizenship rights with men in accordance with Jordan’s international legal obligations.

Under Jordanian Law No.6 of 1954 on Nationality, last amended in 1987, with few exceptions, Jordanian women married to non-Jordanian men cannot transmit their nationality to their husbands or their children.

To combat this law, which does not apply equivalently to Jordanian men and which is negatively impacting the security and livelihood of women married to non-nationals, Nima Habashna founded the campaign “My mother is Jordanian, and her nationality is a right for me.”  Led by Jordanian women married to non-Jordanians and with the support of the Arab Women Organization, Nima is leading a series of sit-ins in front of the Ministry of the Interior and other government offices. Although elections for the new Jordanian parliament are pending, a Cabinet is still operating which has the power to pass a temporary amendment.

Please join us by:

  • Calling on Jordanian government officials to amend the Nationality Law to give Jordanian women the equal right to pass their nationality on to their children and spouses without delay. 
  • Calling on the government to implement the increased rights for children announced on 9 November as soon as possible
  • Calling on the Minister of the Interior to accelerate governmental efforts to facilitate provision of residence permits to foreign spouses of Jordanian women until the Nationality Law is amended.

Letter to King & Prime Minister

King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein

Prime Minister Abdallah El Nsour

Letter to Minister of Interior

Mr. Hussein Al-Majali

To learn more about the campaign & for a list of full contact information for the government officials above, see: