By Rana Husseini
AMMAN – Dozens of citizens demonstrated in front of the Prime Ministry on Wednesday, calling on the government to amend laws to allow Jordanian women married to foreigners to pass on their citizenship to their children.
Under the slogan “We are full citizens and do not accept less than that”, the demonstrators carried banners that read: “My mother is Jordanian and her citizenship is my right,” and “We are not attacking anyone, we are just demanding our constitutional rights”.
Activists have been calling on the government to amend the Citizenship Law to allow Jordanian women to pass on their nationality to their children and husbands, a privilege that is only granted to Jordanian men married to foreign women.
They have also repeatedly called on the government to ensure equality in the law, since families of these women have to shuttle between police stations and health centres every year to obtain security clearances, residency permits and medical reports for their foreign children.
They must obtain residency permits for their children if they wish to enrol them in private or public schools.