Social & Civil Affairs

The Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Fathallah Sijilmassi, and the President of the Women for Africa Foundation, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, signed a collaboration agreement to work on projects and joint activities for the promotion of women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean.

Barcelona, 28 January, 2017. The agreement was signed at the UfM headquarters in Barcelona at the Second Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean, which was held on 23-24 January under the theme Mediterranean in Action: Youth for Stability and Development. The UfM Senior Deputy ...

• A UfMS delegation shared its views on the main regional challenges affecting the Euro-Mediterranean region and presented UfM action on job creation, highlighting the 3rd UfM Ministerial Conference on Labour and Employment and the integrated employability program Med4Jobs. • ‎The Summit, inaugurated by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, brought together 120 participants from a range of economic and social councils and similar institutions from UfM Member States.

Vravrona, Greece, 26 October. A delegation from the UfM Secretariat headed by Diplomatic Advisor and Spokesperson Ser...

600 civil society and stakeholders gathered in Malta to network and address intercultural dialogue, migrations, women empowerment and the need to counter extremism at the Mediterranean Forum organized by the Anna Lindh Foundation.

La Valletta, October 23-26. The Anna Lindh Foundation held its Mediterranean Forum on October 23-26 in la Valletta, Malta. This important regional civil society event gathered a unique regional network of key stakeholders, policy-makers, international media and donors, all committed to tackle together the region’s most critical problems.

The Forum was also a...

• The Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat and the project’s sponsor, Ideaborn, met with various institutional stakeholders and field workers at the Institut Français in Tunis, all of whom are committed to promoting gender equality through education. • They were able to present the initial results of the project entitled “Forming Responsible Citizens” and share best practices in the efforts that have been implemented to combat violence and promote gender equality values in the region.

Education lies at the heart of creating a shared memory which consolidates the concept o...

• High-level participants stressed the necessity of a common vision and a regional framework to find concrete solutions to better mobilise the full potential of women. • All the 250 participants demonstrated the essential contribution of women to greater sustainable development, creating job opportunities, effective fight against extremism and radicalisation, and promotion of stability in the region. • Best practices and concrete initiatives were proposed. The UfM Secretariat and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO, launched the 2nd phase of a €4.5M project ...

“Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights and human dignity. Further to preventing women from a full participation in the society, violence has an impact and a cost which extend to the family, to children and to the whole society”, said Senior Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Delphine Borione during the meeting.

Rabat, 21 September 2016.

Under the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Regional Dialogue on women empowerment, and as a continuation to the previous meetings held in 2016 in Barcelona, Paris and Amman, two working group meetings w...