The 2018 edition of Women4Mediterranean comes at a time when the 43 UfM countries adopted a strong Ministerial Declaration with an ambitious action plan where UfM Ministers committed to take the necessary and relevant measures and create policies to promote the equality between women and men, in rights and opportunities, in all spheres of society: political, economic and civil life.
Women4Mediterranean 2018 takes place at the Champalimaud Foundation’s Centre for the Unknown, a unique landmark facing the river Tejo in the city of Lisbon, Portugal.
The Conference is expected to gather more than 300 high level stakeholders from all sectors involved in gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Euro-Mediterranean region, including country representatives, ministers, local authorities and institutions, parliamentarians, international organizations, civil society platforms, academics, private sector actors, project promoters, personalities with an outstanding commitment towards gender equality, media and youth.
High-level keynote speakers will give a warm welcome to conference participants and speak about key opportunities and challenges for women in the Mediterranean region today in the context of recent economic and political developments. They will explore the important role of the young generations for tackling challenges, and the role of women and men for bringing positive change through social innovation and leadership.
This session will explore the positive contribution of women to create change and build inclusive societies in the Mediterranean region through leadership and innovative initiatives in the private and public sectors and in civil society. In two panel discussions, experts and outstanding women and men who engage in the cause for gender equality and women empowerment will discuss key challenges and opportunities, strategies and achievements for leading positive change by women.
Gender roles are social roles. However, just like we do not speak about racial roles or class roles, we should not think about gender roles as “given” or as “fair” or “natural”. This plenary session explores what are ways to question and deconstruct gender roles in order to achieve more equality between men and women. Three panel discussions embark on discussing the role of men and private sector including media to shift stereotypes and create more equal and inclusive societies.
This session will give the stage to young leaders engaged in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment: the first part features the outcomes of the Youth Forum held on October 9th in which representatives from youth organizations discuss and develop innovative solutions and recommendations for women’s empowerment. In the second part of the session, outstanding young change makers from the Euro-Mediterranean region will present their projects and initiatives.
The detailed agenda of the conference will be available in due course.
The conference will feature an amazing arts and exhibitions space that will be organized by youth representatives and show pictures, videos, short documentaries, and much more on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the region.
Young people will be an important part of this conference and will have their own space to get together, connect and engage in discussions, or just take a break from all the great events going on.
A dedicated space will showcase the latest research and publications on gender equality and women’s empowerment from participating organizations.
People and organizations engaged in advancing progress for women and girls can connect in this informal space, have 1:1 discussions and exchange ideas, building partnerships and collaborations, news on latest projects and research.
We are working with experts and partners to offer an exciting agenda with a variety of speakers and formats to learn, discuss, share experiences and network.
The complete list of speakers will be available soon.
A number of exciting side events will engage special audiences in working groups and regional dialogue meetings for sharing experiences, insights and progress towards achieving concrete goals for improving women’s rights and participation.
The high level UfM Women4Mediterranean Conferences constitute the major regional platform to discuss, exchange experiences and promote women’s participation in the public, economic and civil life for bringing solutions to regional challenges. They create impact by gathering the most relevant stakeholders and leaders from the Euro-Mediterranean region – governments, parliaments, private sector, international organizations, academia, media, civil society, young women and men – to strengthen regional cooperation and identify best ways to drive positive change toward gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The Conferences focus on women’s roles as change makers and leaders in the region, and explore how women and men can overcome cultural and social barriers for driving the Euro-Mediterranean action agenda for women’s empowerment and the achievement of the SDGs forward. For almost 5 years, the conferences have been a catalyst for policy advocacy, regional initiatives and projects, new ideas, collaborations and partnerships
Building the collective and common understanding for driving change towards the achievement of gender equality in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Share experiences, lessons learned and innovative approaches to overcome gender inequalities in all sectors and society spheres.
Build partnerships among governments, private sector, civil society and international organisations, to foster public policy development and implementation and accelerate the elimination of gender gaps.
The Women4Mediterranean Conference 2018 will take place at the Champalimaud Foundation’s Centre for the Unknown, a unique landmark facing the river Tejo in the city of Lisbon, Portugal.
The conference will be simultaneously translated into English, French, Arabic and Portuguese.
The side-events will be simultaneously translated into English, French and Arabic.