SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

Jordan - Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J)

Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) was established in 1998 in Amman, by a group of Jordanian women and registered as a Jordanian non-governmental, non-profit organization. In 2000 a branch of SIGI/J was established in Aqaba (south Jordan). SIGI/J's main goals are promoting women's human rights through education, training women on computer and Internet and combating violence against them. SIGI/J works as a resource centre (electronic and physical) providing access to human rights documents and networks, and research materials including information about violations, strategies and advocacy.

Within the framework of cooperation with the CIMEL/INTERIGHTS project, SIGI/J proposes to produce an evaluation of case profiles with accompanying analysis and policy recommendations based on a combination of interviews, prison visits, and trial observations, to deepen understanding of the factors that increase vulnerability of women and girls of 'crimes of honour' and to highlight aspects of social support services, the court system, and police procedure that might be the subject of review and of advocacy. The research will be a product of support for core activities of support and will where possible seek to assess, for example, the impact of trial observation and, where discernible, increasing media and civil society attention to the subject of 'honour crimes' on the conduct of the judiciary in the trial of perpetrators.

Questions that SIGI will seek to address include an overview of the system of 'protective custody', what takes women or girls there and the implications of their being in protective custody; the effectiveness of this as a 'recourse' for survivors or potential victims of 'crimes of honour'; how the survivors/potential victims view their situation and policy proposals for change. Also included in the research will be an analysis of the role of police and administrative authorities; here, the research will seek to assess what such officials would themselves consider to be a 'crime of honour', and whether the association of particular criminal actions with 'honour' has an impact on their treatment of cases.

An overview of the questions and a preliminary analysis were presented at the CIMEL/INTERIGHTS meeting in February 2002.