Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Young People in Jordan: A Mixed Methods study using Interactive Theatre

Coordinator of the project :
Prof J. DeJong, American University of Beirut

Consortium partner:
L.A. Attel MA, National Centre for Culture and Arts, Jordan


The SDGs call for comprehensive access to SRHR but there is a danger that women and young people become inadvertently homogenized. In Jordan, a key distinguishing factor for SRHR is marital status, for sexuality and reproduction are widely deemed only to be legitimate within marriage. SRHR are intimately connected with social norms and values. In a conservative society like Jordan, ideas about acceptable behavior for women, stigma associated with sexuality outside marriage and the social importance of the family have direct consequences for SRHR. We propose a university-NGO partnership using mixed methods research and theatre as a medium to address the question: What are the key differentiators in accessing SRH services and exercising SRH rights for women and young people in Jordan? Specifically in the first phase we would review relevant policies and legislation in Jordan and analyse quantitatively existing population-based survey data to understand key SRHR differences at a population level. Secondly, we would conduct qualitative research with excluded groups in terms of SRHR (including young women and men, single, widowed and divorced women as well as Syrian refugees) to understand their attitudes towards SRHR and marriage trends, and with health-care providers, all sampled purposively. Thirdly, we would use community theatrical performances as a medium to stimulate public debate about the research findings and to stimulate further qualitative research with audience members. Finally we would employ a media and dissemination strategy throughout the process to convey findings of the research iteratively to key stakeholders and the general public.


Publications for the general public

  • JD DeJong, CA Akik(2017): SRHR of Women and Young People in Jordan: A Mixed Methods study using Interactive Theatre


Project number

W 08.560.010

Main applicant

Dr. J.D. DeJong

Affiliated with

American University of Beirut

Team members

Hala AbuTaleb, Dr. C.A. Akik, F.M. Al Mamoun, L.A. Attel MA, Dr. J.D. DeJong, N.D. Derieh, Dr. A.A.E. Asim Essaid, R.F. Fakhoury, B.A.H. Hammad, R.K. Kamhawi, N.M. Magdy, N.M. Muhreiz, F.A.S. Shamma, TZ Zreik MSc


13/09/2017 to 31/08/2019