2004 March 16 Tuesday
42 Percent Of Jordanian Women Physically Abused

It is not fun to be a woman in Jordan.

The UN study found that 42% of Jordanian women suffer from physical violence and even higher numbers suffer from sexual and verbal abuse in the home.

If anyone can find this report on the web (I tried and failed) then please post a link in the comments.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2004 March 16 01:06 PM  Culture Compared

Mike Quinlan said at March 17, 2004 3:07 PM:

Frpm the UN Special Rapporteur, report on Jordan

126. National plan of action: The Special Rapporteur is encouraged to note that domestic violence is one of the priorities set forth in the Plan of Action for the Social Sector devised by the Jordanian National Committee on Women's Affairs in 1994. The Special Rapporteur welcomes the campaign "Democracy without women's rights is not democracy" carried out by the Government in 1994-1995, which focused on violence and discrimination against women by individuals, the family and society, particularly in the form of beatings, conjugal rape, marriage without consent, forced labour, lack of adequate care, exploitation of traditional beliefs in order to repress women, social discrimination against divorced women and widows and the lack of esteem that is generally shown towards women who fail to respect the code of honour.

127. Statistics: Although general statistics on violence against women were provided, the Special Rapporteur regrets that specific statistics on domestic violence were not provided.

From what I can see I doubt the study you seek exists, which isnt to say the problem doesn't exist. Its very real and the sad thing is many Jordanian women, not only think its excusable and often merited, but even that its beneficial for them. Check out
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 26 Issue 4 Page 282 - December 2002

International Perspectives
Beliefs of Jordanian Women About Wife-Beating
Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia
The beliefs of 356 Jordanian women about wife-beating were investigated, using a self-administered questionnaire. The participants showed a strong tendency to justify wife-beating, to believe that women benefit from violence against them, and to blame women for their beating. Furthermore, the participants expressed clear opposition to formal assistance for battered women from governmental agencies. In this vein, they considered wife abuse a personal problem that should be treated within the family. The results also revealed that while the women showed a weak tendency to blame violent husbands for wife abuse, the prevailing belief was that violent men should not be punished for their behavior. The results are analyzed in light of the patriarchal ideology that typifies Arab culture and predominates in Jordanian society. Finally, the article discusses the implications of the results for future research, prevention, and establishment of appropriate services for combating wife abuse in Jordanian society.

Its an interesting paper and refers to other research along the same lines undertaken amongst Palestineans and Egyptians. Here is the link: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1111/1471-6402.t01-1-00067/abs/

you have to get a log in id to get the actual article, but its straightforward and looks
to provide an interesting catalogue

Steve Sailer said at March 17, 2004 9:08 PM:

I do think that conflating "verbal abuse" with "physical abuse" and "sexual abuse" should be stopped. It makes a serious problem look silly. Sticks and stones etc

Laura Climer said at June 20, 2005 1:42 PM:

I have been in contact with a man from Jordan who would like to start seeing me ,now that i have read this i am not sure that i want to pursue this relationship. Do you have any advice for me?? Thank you, Laura Climer

Laura Climer said at June 20, 2005 1:43 PM:

I have been in contact with a man from Jordan who would like to start seeing me ,now that i have read this i am not sure that i want to pursue this relationship. Do you have any advice for me?? Thank you, Laura Climer

maess & Reem said at June 30, 2005 5:35 AM:

well its very accward to see this report & as two Jordanian WOMEN, we disagree with every word has been said in this report, we all know that abuse is all around the world & it wouldnn't make a difference if violence was here or there, it definitly should be stopped but i garentee you if you make this study where ever "around the world" you'd find the same percentage & these kind of men here in jordan who abuse their women are very little who are in the catagory of the Un-educated people, & as for you Laura we think its silly to judge one person in this way!! its ever shocking to hear educated people judging others for the faults of a group of people even if the percentage was right! .. we hope you have got the picture :)

Tammy Abusaleem said at July 15, 2005 4:29 PM:

I do believe every word of this study. But at the same time we as Americans need to remember that all 3 classes exist in every corner of our world. I am married to a Jordanian man an d reside in the USA. I was p[hysically abused until the courts ordered him to anger mangement classes, but he is very Verbally Abusive. Every day I am called White Trash and Stupid, Redneck Piece of shit, whore, ugly, fat every imaginable word possible. He had a nine month affair and denied until he could no longer deny it then turned it around and said I forced hime to. Every month I intercept his phone records and pull women's numbers from it. He denies he is married. He text messages other women, is enrolled in online dating sites. He is not a good, or moral person. But that is only one muslim in a world of one million or so to speak1 I know that this is not their religion but I do belive that they think it is acceptable to act in this manner

Mike chinkota said at November 12, 2005 3:03 PM:

I am not a Jordanian and never will be , but it really important to be honest in researching.
I have been in Jordan for 2 years and i don't think that this report is accurate.
All what I think is the writer(researcher) wants to prove something just for the sake of personal interests. Thank you.

JahJah said at March 19, 2011 8:59 PM:

I am currently in a relationship with a Jordanian man reading these comments makes me question is this the right thing to do..I've had to deal with the cousin making the statement that American women have to much freedom not sure if I want to deal with this BS

Anonymous said at October 18, 2011 6:10 AM:

i'm having a relationship with a Jordanian male for about four months now..He seems very sweet and loving..He is enviting me to visit Jordan on July...Honstly...after reading this report..i have a second thoughts...one of my biggest problems too is that he is way too young compared to me but he is soooo convencing and loving and ,,....i dont know...please help...i dont know what to do anymore...

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