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Jordan: Better Work launches project to enhance mental wellbeing of garment workers

"Better Work Jordan Starts a Project to Improve Mental Health of Garment Workers"

Better Work Jordan (BWJ) has launched a project aimed at improving the mental health of garment workers, particularly women, who form the majority of the labour force in this sector and face many physical and psychological stressors.

The project focuses on building garment workers’ resilience against mental health risks, including ensuring that factory-level support exists, and mental health referral systems are accessible by all workers. Jordan’s garment sector employs 65,026 workers, 72 percent of whom are women. Migrants make up 76 per cent the workforce. In satellite units, which operate outside of the industrial zones and primarily employ Jordanians, most jobs are held by female workers.

In this industry, workers, especially migrants and women, face a wide range of challenges, such as living and working conditions, including hours of work, production pressures, service accessibility, and language barriers.