Young Cities supported three teams in Jordan to take on different issues which they felt were important and concerning in their own communities.
Young Cities launched its programming in Jordan in 2021, building upon the extensive relationships built by the Strong Cities Network since 2018. Our youth-empowerment efforts were focused on the city of Zarqa, the capital of Zarqa governorate on the outskirts of Amman. Zarqa is a multicultural city where Muslim and Christian communities have peacefully co-existed since the 20th century. However, the city’s high rate of unemployment has left many young people in Zarqa feeling despondent and disengaged.
There, we trained 21 activists in Zarqa and supported the launch of three projects that tackled ableism with puppet theatre, COVID-related misinformation with research and analysis, and cyberbullying through theatre. Two of the initiatives have gone to receive a second round of funding through the Young Cities Ambassadors programme – taking different approaches to tackle disinformation and ableism.