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The Czech Republic handed over the new Military Women’s Training Centre to Jordanian Armed Forces

On 7 June, HRH Princess Salma Bint Abdullah II inaugurated the new Military Women´s Training Centre in Zarqa, Jordan. The construction of the Centre was financed through the NATO-Jordan Trust Fund III.

The Czech Republic and Norway were the Lead Nations of an unprecedented NATO´s project in the area of UNSC resolution 1325 "Women, Peace and Security" in cooperation with Jordan and a number of other Allies and Partners of NATO.

Established in 2014, NATO’s Trust Fund III for Jordan focused on enhancing the role of Jordanian servicewomen through policy, infrastructure and training initiatives. NSPA was the project-executing agent.

The Centre, which has been operational since November 2020, supports Jordan’s goal to attain 3% female representation in its armed forces and to offer women wider career opportunities. It provides NATO-standard basic and leadership training up to 550 students a year. The facility also includes living quarters, a kindergarten and a medical clinic.

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the locally only held opening was attended by diplomatic and military representatives of the Czech Republic and Norway as well as remaining contributors to NATO – Jordan Trust Fund III whose embassies are present in Amman. NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană marked the inauguration of Centre in a virtual address to the attendees.

“NATO and Jordan have long been the closest of partners. For many years, our armed forces have worked side-by-side”, Mr. Geoană said, “this training centre is playing its own part in bringing security to the people of Jordan and the wider Middle East”.

Jordan joined NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue in 1995.

The Czech Republic served as NATO Contact Point Embassy in Jordan between 2013 and 2016.

Link to the video centre: https://youtu.be/6ZhhttzmoqE