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Jordan has seen important changes with regards to gender equality over the last decades. Work on women’s rights reached new levels following the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1992 and the establishment of the Jordanian National Commission for women (JNCW) in the same year. The indicators for women’s education and health show notable improvements. However, women’s participation in the formal labour market is low. Moreover, women are still not equal to men before the law. There have been several reforms of the Personal Status Law (the latest reform took place in 2010). Despite some progressive amendments such as increasing the legal age of marriage to 18, women’s agency continues to be limited by provisions of male legal guardianship (wilaya) over women in the Jordanian Personal Status Law. Violence against women is not sufficiently addressed. The gender gap in politics persists despite introduced quotas for women. 
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