COVID -19

We all want to leave this crisis behind as soon as possible, we at Women On Boards Jordan would like to keep our members and website visitors updated on related documents being issued by various organizations, and platforms that may be useful as we try to work with this ongoing challenge. 

  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) remains active and is currently highly mobilized to support countries to address the growing challenges they are facing. They launched the OECD Digital Hub on Tackling the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which contains OECD evidence,  analysis and advice on the policy response to the pandemic. The platform is being regularly updated with new regional and country notes, some of which will cover the MENA region. 

  • The International Finance Corporation shared some tips for company leadership on how to respond to the COVID-19 crisis that demonstrates leadership and culture, effective oversight of crisis management, internally agile response to crisis, trusted and responsive communication with both shareholders and stakeholders, and an overall commitment to the company’s sustainability.

  • ICSA, The Governance Institute from the United Kingdom, issued a very useful guidance on virtual meetings that lays out the roles of board chairs, board secretary, board members, and executives in ensuring effective and productive virtual meetings. 

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Attention on SMEs

The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be a disaster for small and medium-sized enterprises. Globally most countries have taken some form of measure to protect businesses from the effects of the coronavirus crisis

Globally

  • The WPSMEE conducts analysis and provides evidence based guidance for the design and implementation of SME policies.

Locally

Jordan, like other countries, has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The authorities have taken a number of measures to mitigate the economic and human impact of the outbreak as they try to stop the spread of the virus

  • Himmat Watan Fund (A Nation’s Effort) Fund, which was established to support national efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic and its repercussions, is a collective contribution from the Jordanian society at large. Donations have been pouring in from banks, companies, and individuals standing together with the aim of enabling the government to address the economic challenges and supporting the sectors that were affected by the crisis.

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Women’s economic empowerment.

The gender impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in MENA

All policy responses to the crisis must embed a gender lens and account for women’s unique needs, responsibilities and perspectives

  • COVID-19 and Gender: Immediate Recommendations for Planning and Response in Jordan,  JNCW and UN Women View online/download ENGARB 

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Women leaders

WOBs JO will keep stressing that when women leaders have access to leadership positions, proving that gender diversity on high level positions is not a luxury but a quintessential. Women leaders succeeded in controlling this pandemic, to mitigate the crisis and support gender equality in these challenging times.

  • Women leaders are doing a disproportionately great job at handling the pandemic. So why aren't there more of them? CNN April 16, 2020

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